About WoSAS

The West of Scotland Archaeology Service

Welcome to the website of the West of Scotland Archaeology Service. On this site, you can find information about sites and monuments in the area covered by our member Councils, details of recent fieldwork and discoveries, and links to other archaeological organisations and groups. The site is intended for use by professional archaeologists, local societies and community groups, academic researchers, and anyone with an interest in the archaeology and history of Scotland. If you can't find what you're looking for, or have a suggestion as to something you'd like to see included on the website, please contact us!

Background

In 1997, the West of Scotland Archaeology Service was established by Minute of Agreement between 12 Councils (West Lothian joined in 2004). The purpose of the Service is to maintain and update the Historic Environment Record (HER) - the complete record of all known archaeological sites, finds, fieldwork and research for the West of Scotland. This database is used primarily to provide information and advice to the Planning Departments and other services of the 10 WoSAS Councils (North Lanarkshire having withdrawn from the Service in 2009, and Inverclyde having withdrawn in 2013), and that of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park Authority, on potential archaeological issues raised by development proposals. Staff from the Service also provide professional advice to landowners, public utilities, private developers, farmers and other land managers to promote the implementation of national and international policies for the preservation of archaeological remains. In addition, we provide free information and advice to researchers, local societies and members of the public. For more details, see our access to information and charging policy and our formal remit

Member Councils

The map below shows the area covered by the West of Scotland Archaeology Service. Clicking on the Council areas will connect you to each Council's own website.

WoSAS Area Map South Ayrshire Council East Ayrshire Council South Lanarkshire Council West Lothian Council Glasgow City Council West Dunbartonshire Council East Renfrewshire Council Renfrewshire Council North Ayrshire Council Argyll and Bute Council Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park