The Kirkcudbright Rock Art Group is united by a common interest in history, archaeology and the Dumfries and Galloway countryside. We share a fascination in the dramatic and inspiring locations in which the rocks are usually located and also learning and speculating about the reasons-for-being of the rock panels themselves.
The group was formed as result of a presentation by the ScRAP Team to Kirkcudbright History Society, which you can find out more about at kirkcudbrighthistorysociety
We come from a wide range of backgrounds, from: teaching to land management; human resources consulting to marketing, and we have our very own qualified and experienced archaeologist. We meet regularly over coffee to discuss and agree how to work best together. We very much enjoy the fieldwork - especially the moment when the patterns in the rocks reveal themselves, and we work with a collective sense of fun and good humour.
Our regular fieldwork days are Tuesday afternoons and Thursday afternoons. We have an embarrassment of riches in the countryside close to Kirkcudbright when it comes to panels to be recorded – we have identified at least 80 from known records, so our work is normally within a 20-minute drive of Kirkcudbright town.
Public engagement lay at the heart of Scotland's Rock Art Project, and our research was informed by the work of our dedicated Community Teams. You can find out more about our Teams on this page!
Find out about what motivates the ELF (Edinburgh, Lothians and Fife) Team by visiting their profile here.
NOSAS members are active across the North of Scotland and as a group have a diverse range of knowledge and expertise. This experience includes the execution of a regional project recording rock art in Ross-shire. Members have been actively involved in the Scotland's Rock Art Project since it started and have significantly contributed to it's development. NOSAS are primarily based in Highland region, but are active throughout Northern Scotland.
ACFA members are certified archaeologists from the University of Glasgow, involved in a number of archaeological projects. They are currently divided in three rock art teams covering the Clyde, Lanarkshire and Ayrshire. Read about their interests here.
Find out about what motivates the Whithorn Team from Dumfries and Galloway by visiting their profile here.
Being an island community archaeology has always played an important part of the social activities on Bute. Read more about their involvement with ScRAP in this section.
The Strachur group was the first team to be trained in order to undertake rock art recording fieldwork for ScRAP. Learn about their interests and motivation to collaborate with ScRAP here.