Detail of cup with two rings 



Scotland's Rock Art Project is a research-led community co-production project. It aims to further our knowledge about prehistoric rock art in Scotland by investigating a series of specific research questions. We shall continue to refine these questions as the project progresses, and new information comes to light. 


In this section you can read about our research aims and objectives. We will continue to add to this section as the project develops, so you can follow how our research is progressing and what we are finding out about Scotland's rock art. You can also find out more about how our research fits within the wider Research Framework for Carved Stones in Scotland, which addresses all types of carved stones, from prehistory to present day.


British prehistoric rock art has been studied for many decades. You can read about some of the recent projects that have contributed to our current knowledge on rock art in our Other Research section. 


As well as investigating the importance of rock art for people in the past, we are very interested its value for people today. Part of our research is focusing on what the rock art means for local communities today, and how peoples' relationships with the carvings change as they engage with them in different ways. You can find out more about this strand of our work in Valuing Rock Art


Our Research

Prehistoric carvings are one of Scotland's greatest mysteries. During the project, we will be exploring three main research themes to help improve understanding of our rock art. 


Research Framework

Carved stones of all periods are a priceless and vulnerable part of Scotland's heritage. How should we best research, conserve, protect, and engage them? The Carved Stones Research Framework provides informed answers! 


Valuing Rock Art

Scotland's rock art is a unique part of our historic environment. During this project we shall be exploring what it means to people, and how we value it today.


Research Workshops

In November 2019 we ran two research workshops focusing on specific themes relevant to the project’s objectives, methods and outcomes. In this section you can download summaries of the discussions. 

Other Research

Survey and excavation around rock art panels in Britain and Ireland have made some exciting discoveries in recent years. Visit this page to find out how these projects contribute to our knowledge of rock art.