Archaeological Research in Progress Conference

Annadale Distillery excavated by GUARD and featured in ARP2010

The Archaeological Research in Progress (ARP) Conference


Our annual conference is held on the last Saturday in May each year and is jointly run by Archaeology Scotland and the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, with Archaeology Scotland taking it ‘round the country’ every second year as part of our aim to promote archaeology to the wider public.


Archaeology Scotland became involved in the ARP in 1996 when we organised the conference outwith the central belt for the first time. Since then the conference has been organised in Aberdeen (1996 and 2004), Dumfries (1998), Inverness (2000) Glasgow (2002), Perth (2006), Caithness (2008), Glasgow (2010) and Aberdeen (2012)


ARP is a national conference with a regional focus and has a number of aims:

  • to bring to as wide an audience as possible, the rich archaeological heritage of the area the conference is being held
  • to bring together professional and amateur archaeologists, local societies, and individual
  • to highlight the wide range of research currently being undertaken
  • to allow the community to meet the experts working within the area

The 2013 Conference will be held in the Royal Society of Edinburgh, George Street, Edinburgh on Saturday 25th May. For more information and details of the programme and how to book, go here.


As usual at ARP, we will be launching this year's Discovery and Excavation in Scotland which members can collect on the day.