Highland Archaeology Festival 2023
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 will run from 23rd September to 13th October, with the Recent Archaeological Discoveries and Research Conference on 7th & 8th October
HAF 2023 Events and Special Exhibitions
Check out the Events Calendar for around 100 events organised by organisations, museums and individuals.
The Museums & Exhibition tab has special exhibitions put on during HAF, and opening hours for museums during the festival. Do stop and visit local museums and archives during HAF!
There may be new events and exhibitions added, so keep checking! Any changes in dates, times or cancellations will be listed in the News section of the website - do check before you make final plans.
For those who don't use the internet, or prefer to browse a document, the events and exhibitions are also available in a pdf file in the Document Library, 2023 folder.
HAF 2023 Conference
Bookings for the 2023 Conference are now open.
Please visit the Conference section of our website to book your place. The final programme can be viewed there or in the Events calendar. Bookings are via Eventbrite.
We need your feedback and suggestions about the festival, this year especially as budget cuts bite. A feedback form can be downloaded from the Document Library in the 2023 folder, which you can print out and post, or email back to email@example.com. Alternatively there is an online form you can fill in by clicking here. Or just email us with any comments. If you value the Highland Archaeology Festival, please let us know!
Trails and Geocaches - available year round
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.
Not familiar with using the HER? If your organisation would like a workshop please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2023 Highland Archaeology Festival is organised by the Highland Council