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 -

Discovery and excavation in Scotland (DESprovides 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.

Help us to continue to spread the news about new archaeological work and discoveries in Scotland by supporting the production of our journal - Discovery and excavation in Scotland. Our journal is the only one which provides comprehensive coverage and offers you an invaluable insight and up to date information on digs and projects across Scotland. We can only produce it with your support - Membership rates are reduced for students and young people. Join today (membership) to receive your benefits and be part of Scotland's leading community archaeology organisation.

DES is launched each year at the Archaeological Research in Progress conference (ARP), organised by Archaeology Scotland and the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. DES Volume 19, 2018 was launched at the ARP conference in Edinburgh on the 25th of May 2019. DES Volume 20, 2019 will be launched at the ARP conference in May 2020. Back issues of DES may be accessed and searched for free online via the Archaeology Scotland website. They may be accessed on the DES project page or the publication page. Archaeology Scotland members who choose enhanced membership may view the two most recent copies. Alternatively the two most recent journals can be purchased in hardcopy format, by contacting the Archaeology Scotland office.

DES is sent, free of charge, each year to Archaeology Scotland members who choose enhanced membership.

Contribute to DES

We accept appropriate accounts of all forms of archaeological discoveries including:

  • Assessments
  • Environmental studies
  • Evaluations
  • Excavations
  • Fieldwalking
  • Finds studies
  • Geophysical or other field survey
  • Historic building survey
  • Public access projects including Adopt-a-Monument and SRP
  • Records of chance finds
  • Watching briefs.

The closing date for entries for the next edition of DES is 15th November 2021. If you are thinking of contributing please read the FAQ, Notes for Contributors and access the DES Contributors' Form or, for more information and help, please contact the DES editor - Dr Jennifer Thoms via email -

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