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Created by partners from across the historic environment sector and beyond, this guide identifies risks and hazards of climate change, along wit adaptation solutions, demonstrating the resilience and adaptability of our historic environment.
This assessment to establish the extent and character of metal detecting in Scotland was conducted by GUARD Archaeology Limited, having been commissioned by HES and the Treasure Trove Unit (TTU).
Information on ancient farming practices in Scotland. This leaflet provides information on characteristics and the nature of ancient farming in Scotland, along with its associated monuments.
This technical, advice and guidance leaflet, "Archaeology in Towns", looks at archaeology in Scotland's towns, and shows how archaeology can reveal the everyday lives of their inhabitants.
Edinburgh is a city renowned for critical thinking, cutting edge breakthroughs and unique creativity. At the heart of these enlightened ideals lies the University of Edinburgh.
A unique collaboration between Historic Environment Scotland and the University of Glasgow has resulted in this lavishly illustrated book about the University’s architectural history.
Building Stone Resources of the United Kingdom Map - This map is published by the British Geological Survey, and is a joint venture with HES and other principle heritage and industry bodies.
This guide aims to encourage use of stone sourced from Scotland’s working quarries and to provide a better understanding of those mineralogical properties that give each stone its distinctive quality.
This report considers the setting of the Calanais Standing Stones and offers advice and guidance on considering the assessment of impacts from associated development proposals.
This leaflet, named "Carved Stones" contains information on Scotland's carved stones, which range from prehistoric cup and ring marks to medieval grave slabs and sundials.
Use and adaptation of listed buildings
This case study illustrated how the use of a planning brief helped to secure the future of a former school building.
This report presents the findings of a 2-year project researching the use and effectiveness of consolidants and water repellents on Scottish sandstones.