Highland Archaeology Festival

Celebrating Highland Archaeology, History and Heritage

The festival is provided by the Highland Council and runs over two weeks each 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!

2020 festival

This year saw a real change for the festival as a result of the Coronavirus. HAF was timetabled to run from 26th to 16th October, but this year wewere unable to coordinate an events programme. Similarly, there was no physical conference, and instead the Highland Council Historic Environment Team arranged an exciting series of online nightly talks on weekdays between 25th September to 12th October at 7:30pm. As at the annual conference, these featured recent discoveries and research. Many of the talks were recorded, and have now been uploaded onto the Highland Archaeology Festival YouTube channel. Click here for links to the talks.


Geocache and Self-guided Trails

In the meantime the geocache trail is still active, and there is also a list of self guided trails is also available.

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





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