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!
2021 Festival 25th Sept - 15th Oct
This year we invited organisations and museums to organise or publicise events, and the response has been huge, with walks, talks, workshops and games! These have been uploaded to the website in the Events Calendar, along with a list of displays and museum opening hours. The brochure will be sent out in August to anyone who requested it. Any late entries will be listed below. All events are of course subject to change if Covid regulations change.
Unfortunately, it is still not possible this year to organise the popular Recent Archaeological Discoveries and Research conference in person. Instead, the Historic Environment Team have organised a series of online lunchtime and evening talks which focus on recent fieldwork and research related to Highland heritage. Bookings for these talks will be via Eventbrite, with links in the Events Calendar. Many of last year's online talks are available on the HAF YouTube channel.
Geocache and Self-guided Trails
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 email@example.com