Data Entry


There are two main routes for uploading data and images to the National Record of Scotland's Historic Environment (Canmore):


UPLOading rock art Data


MyCanmore: this route enables anyone to add information and images to existing Canmore records. This information is not validated and does not go into the Canmore archive, but is displayed publicly on Canmore. You can register to upload data via MyCanmore here.


Discovery and Excavation in Scotland (DES): this route is for anyone wishing to report a new discovery. New discoveries are published in the DES journal each year and added to Canmore annually. Images uploaded to DES are currently not displayed on Canmore, but this system is undergoing review and may change. You can register to upload data to DES here.


If you would like some advice on how best to manage the data that you gather, particularly the digital images, you can find some suggestions in our Managing your Images guidance. You may also like to see our guidance on the quality (data standards) for the digital images you submit. You can find this in our File Formats and Sizes


Every rock art record created during the five years of the Scotland's Rock Art Project has been added to Historic Environment Scotland’s collections and made publicly accessible through Canmore, which is Scotland’s most comprehensive public record of archaeological, architectural and historical heritage. 



The Scotland's Rock Art Project trained and worked with Community Teams to build a consistent, publicly accessible database of prehistoric carvings using specific recording methods.


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 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! 

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.