Detail of Ormaig (Kilmartin)

Valuing Rock Art


Rock art is a unique part of our cultural landscape, and we value it for many reasons. Every individual who is aware of rock art has a different sense of its value, based on their own unique experiences, memories, and associations. 


During the Scotland's Rock Art Project, we will investigate what rock art means to people today, and how and why we value it. We will also examine how people’s sense of value changes through the ways in which they engage with the carvings. 


For this strand of our research, we will be working closely with our Community Teams, and members of other communities across Scotland to find out what their views are. 


Modern interpretations of prehistoric carvings

Modern re-interpretations of prehistoric rock carvings. 




Scotland's Rock Art Project worked with communities to co-produce rock art data for research. Follow this link for an overview of our work, and rock art research in Scotland. 

Our Research

Prehistoric carvings are one of Scotland's greatest mysteries. During the project, we explored 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! 


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.