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!

2021 Festival  25th Sept - 15th Oct

Last year was very different due to the Covid 19 pandemic. The events programme was cancelled and the conference became a festival of talks over the HAF period, with people attending from Australia, North America and Europe. 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.

This year we are hoping that HAF can return to normal. We have invited organisations and museums to organise or publicise events, and these will be uploaded to the website beginning in July. The popular Recent Archaeological Discoveries and Research conference is planned for 9th and 10th October, and we are hoping at present that this will be a physical event. Watch this space!

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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