Discovery and excavation in Scotland (DES)

The quickest and easiest way to submit reports on your archaeological work for publication in our journal is via our online reporting form. To use this system you will need to register for an account. Simply click on the register for an account link shown on the right of this page. Once you have registered you will have full access to the reporting form. For more information and help, please contact the DES editor - Dr Jennifer Thoms via email -

Archaeology Scotland and Historic Environment Scotland have been working with the Archaeology Data Service to develop a single online platform to ensure the prompt reporting of archaeological and built heritage research from commercial, research and community projects across Scotland. At the end of November 2022 the existing DES reporting form (this page) will be closed down for contributions to DES. Future contributions should be entered through the OASIS form: (selecting OASIS V) from the drop down in the top right of the screen.

Archaeology Scotland and Historic Environment Scotland will provide support on using the new form. Please contact Archaeology Scotland

Why are we making the change?
Currently Historic Environment Scotland maintains two separate reporting forms. The DES form enables researchers to promptly provide summaries of recent fieldwork to the Journal by November for publication the following May. The OASIS form ensures that fieldwork undertaken as a result of a planning condition is promptly reported, including a digital copy of the project report, to the relevant Historic Environment record and HES.

By combining the separate websites into a single online form, we are reducing the costs of maintaining two separate websites and eliminating the need for reporting work undertaken under the planning system twice. We are working with the Archaeology Data Service and Historic England to improve our understanding of the character of archaeological fieldwork undertaken through the use of standardised terms for the reasons for fieldwork, types of fieldwork undertaken, monumentand object types.By using consistent terms for what type of work was undertaken and why we will be able to develop an understanding of the character of research undertaken across and within Scotland annually and over  time.



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 Discovery and excavation in Scotland (DES) provides an accessible, comprehensive, up-to-date and informative guide to archaeological work being undertaken across Scotland. It is a highly respected resource for archaeological research at all levels and is unique in Europe. The Journal records fieldwork undertaken by commercial units and archaeologists, local societies, university departments, community groups and independent archaeologists in Scotland each year. Entries are recorded by region for quick reference and regular appendices include information on museum acquisitions - Treasure Trove finds, radiocarbon dates and current post-graduate research relating to Scottish archaeology.

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