Historic Graveyards


Graveyard Survey  © Helen Bradley 

Graveyards represent one of the nation's most tangible links to its past. Although burial grounds are a familiar part of our historic landscape, surprisingly little is known about the range of burial sites which survive the sorts of gravestones and features they contain, and how well this important resource is faring against the effects of time and the elements.

The Carved Stones Adviser project was initiated in 2001 by Archaeology Scotland with funding from Historic Scotland. When the project drew to a close in 2004, a project planning grant from the  Heritage Lottery Fund allowed us to scope out what a larger project might look like. Archaeology Scotland will be seeking further funding for graveyard projects as part of its Adopt a Monument programme. So if you have a particular graveyard in mind and would like to take part in the new Adopt-a-Monument Scheme when it is launched please download and complete our Register of Interest or contact me at p.richardson@archaeologyscotland.org.uk or by calling Phil on 0845 872 3333

In the meantime, the Scotland's Historic Graveyards Web Resource is still a useful resource for groups wanting to take on aspects of recording and conserving graveyards.