Archaeology and Built Heritage

The Moray Firth has provided a home to people since the retreat of the ice after the last ice-age. There is evidence of human activity and settlement throughout the area, dating back for over 6,000 years. These span the Neolithic, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Medieval, Post-Medieval and Modern periods. There are many fine examples of built forms from each of these periods and many hundreds of archeological sites, most as yet unexplored.

For detailed information of historic sites follow the links below:

PASTMAP is a map-enabled query system for Scottish national and regional archaeological and architectural datasets. Search for Listed Buildings, Scheduled Monuments, National Monuments Record of Scotland, Scottish Sites and Monuments Records and Gardens and Designed Landscapes.

Highland Historic Environment Record
The Highland Historic Environment Record (HER) contains information about tens of thousands of historic buildings, archaeological sites and finds dating from earliest prehistory through to the present day. The complete HER database is available online through these web pages, along with thousands of linked documents and images. The online HER is fully searchable using the interactive map. Other interesting resources include themed articles and heritage trails.

Archaeology Service for Aberdeenshire, Moray and Angus
The Archaeology Service for Aberdeenshire, Moray and Angus. is a small team of archaeologists located within Aberdeenshire Council's Planning and Environmental Services, based in Aberdeen.  The Archaeology Service has the job of locating, evaluating, safeguarding, and explaining all known archaeological sites within this area. You can search the online databases for summary versions of the Sites & Monuments Records (SMRs) for the area. The sites recorded vary from well-known and regularly visited ones such as stone circles to less obvious landscape features such as cropmarks. Includes history of the North East, educational resources and place to visit.

Historic Scotland
Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government charged with safeguarding the nation’s historic environment and promoting its understanding and enjoyment on behalf of Scottish Ministers.