Rock art recording uses several different techniques to gather information about the carvings, the rocks that they are carved on, and their setting within the landscape. 


During the Scotland's Rock Art Project (ScRAP) we are working with trained Community Teams to create detailed records of rock art from across Scotland. Our recording method include a number of steps, and we will use the same approach throughout the project. The records will be publicly accessible on this website, on the National Record of the Historic Environment of Scotland (Canmore) and on regional Historic Environment Records. 


We hope that these records will be useful for members of the public, people with an interest in archaeological sites and landscapes, students, and researchers investigating prehistoric rock art in detail.


In this section you will find information on how to: 


If you are interested in getting involved with the Scotland's Rock Art Project to find and record rock art, there is more information about this in the following sections of this website: 


In case you are not familiar with rock art, our Terminology section may be useful. If you have any questions that you cannot find answers to on this website, do not hesitate in contacting us





Recording Rock Art

Creating detailed, digital records of Scotland's rock art is essential for better understanding, sustainability, and public awareness. You can find out about our recording methods in this section!

Finding Rock Art

Finding rock art is very rewarding, but often quite difficult! In this section we offer a few tips that may help you find those 'hidden' panels. 


Getting Involved

If you are interested in rock art, enjoy being out and about, and would like to be involved with the Scotland's Rock Art Project, then check out this section for details. 

Getting Started

Before going out and looking for rock art, there are some important things that you should be aware of. You will also need to know what equipment to use. You can find out all about it here! 


To be part of one of our Community Teams, we recommended that you attend our training sessions. In these training sessions you will learn how to find, identify, and record rock art using a range of techniques. 

Fieldwork Preparation

Follow these simple steps to prepare for a fantastic day out doing fieldwork and recording rock art. Don't forget your wellingtons and waterproofs! 


Doing Fieldwork

Like any other type of archaeological fieldwork, rock art recording uses specific methods and techniques. Learn how to record rock art, and find out what types of information you should be documenting. 

After Fieldwork

Fieldwork is only one part of the method for recording rock art. In this section you can read about how to process information captured in the field, and how to build 3D models of the carved rocks. 

Data Entry

Once you have processed all the information collected in the field, your photographs, and your 3D models, you can upload it into our database. Find out how in this section.