Stirling has some of Scotland’s most significant archaeological sites and many of these internationally important monuments are within a 15 minute walk of the city centre: these include battlefields, hillforts, medieval gardens and much, much more.
The primary responsibility of the Archaeology Service is to advise Stirling and Clackmannanshire Councils, principally through the planning process, on the conservation and management of the archaeological resource within their areas. We aim to ensure that all development and other land use takes into account the need to conserve the historic environment by improved management through the provision of:
- professional advice to landowners,
- public utilities,
- private developers,
- other land managers and
- the wider public.
The Service maintains the Stirling and Clackmannanshire Sites and Monuments Record (S&CSMR) - the comprehensive record of all known archaeological sites, finds and fieldwork within the Council's boundaries. The Sites and Monuments Record (SMR) forms the basis for all conservation and management advice as well as providing a valuable resource for education and research. A summary of the SMR is available on line, as is an Online Search Help page.
Before using the SMR, we recommend you take some time to read the Conditions of Use.
Stirling’s past is a unique resource and the Archaeology Service seeks to promote these assets and encourage the public use of them. Stirling’s Archaeologist, together with the Ranger Service run a series of archaeological digs for the public, if you’re interested in taking part, or have an idea for a dig yourself or simply want to learn more about Stirling’s rich heritage please get in touch!