Highland Archaeology Festival

Celebrating Highland Archaeology, History and Heritage

The festival is provided by the Highland Council and runs over 3 weeks each late September/October to celebrate the heritage of the Highlands from earliest settlers to modern times, below ground and above. Whether you are a seasoned archaeologist or a complete beginner, the festival will let you explore an amazing range of places and collections.  There’s something to suit everyone and many of the events are free!

HAF 2023 - Dates for your Diary: 23rd September to 13th October, with conference 7th & 8th October.

Call for events and exhibitions

The success of the festival depends on groups and museums offering events and exhibitions! These can be submitted using forms available in the Document Library. Please send them by 1st July 2023. They will posted on the website in the Events Calendar from July onwards.

Trails and Geocaches - available year round

The HAF geocache trail is still active, and there is also a list of self guided trails.


We welcome your feedback and suggestions about the festival. Send us an email to highlandarchaeologyfestival@gmail.com

Festival reports

The reports for the previous festivals are in the  Document Library


Adopt an HER Record


Is there a Highland site or object that is special to you?

The Highland Historic Environment Record (HER) is the Council’s online database of all known heritage in the Highlands. We’re looking for help to keep it accurate and for photographs of many of the sites and finds included. Can you help?

We’re inviting you to adopt an HER record. This may be as simple as just sending us a good photograph. Or you could include descriptions of the present state, forward other out of copyright material which should be included or links to them, add a bibliography or send corrections if needed. Your work will be acknowledged in the record unless you request otherwise. Look out for a display of adopted records at the HAF conference.

Free workshops!

Not familiar with using the HER? If your organisation would like a workshop please contact us on her@highland.gov.uk


The 2022 Highland Archaeology Festival is organised by the Highland Council 





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