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The Society publishes highly illustrated, peer-reviewed books on major subjects surrounding Scotland's historical and archaeological past.

We promote Open Access for both new and backlist titles to ensure the research and information published in our books reaches as wide an audience as possible. We aim to make our out-of-print titles freely accessible online to ensure long-term access to the material they contain.

New Releases

Cover for 'Remember Now Thy Creator': Scottish Girls' Samplers, 1700–1872 'Remember Now Thy Creator': Scottish Girls' Samplers, 1700–1872
Naomi E A Tarrant, FSAScot (Author)

Embroidered samplers show the one aspect of girls’ education that leaves the most lasting and tangible memorial of that part of their lives. This book considers samplers made in Scotland; it aims to situate them within the social context of the period and to examine their role in the education of girls. The time span covers the first...

March 11, 2022
Cover for Culduthel: An Iron Age Craftworking Centre in North-East Scotland Culduthel: An Iron Age Craftworking Centre in North-East Scotland
Candy Hatherley, Ross Murray

The Iron Age settlement at Culduthel (NGR: NH 664 414) is one of the most significant later prehistoric sites identified in mainland Scotland. Archaeological excavation in 2005 revealed a craftworking centre which had specialised in the production of iron, bronze and glass objects between the late 1st Millennium BC and early 1st Millennium...

February 18, 2022
Cover for The Fortification of the Firth of Forth 1880–1977: ‘The most powerful naval fortress in the British Empire’ The Fortification of the Firth of Forth 1880–1977: ‘The most powerful naval fortress in the British Empire’
Gordon J Barclay, FSAScot, Ron Morris (Author)

The Fortification of the Firth of Forth describes the story of the great Forth Fortress from 1880 to 1977, when the final traditional defensive capabilities were abandoned. The authors combine archival sources with new fieldwork and oral histories to not only describe what was built, but when and why.

This meticulously...

January 14, 2022
Cover for A Fragmented Masterpiece: Recovering the Biography of the Hilton of Cadboll Pictish Cross-Slab A Fragmented Masterpiece: Recovering the Biography of the Hilton of Cadboll Pictish Cross-Slab
Heather F James, FSAScot, Isabel Henderson, FSAScot, Sally M Foster, FSAScot, Siân Jones, FSAScot

Around AD 800, a superbly carved cross-slab was erected at Hilton of Cadboll in north-east Scotland. The major part of the stone now stands in the National Museum of Scotland, and the story of what happened to it in the intervening centuries is told here. Excavations at Hilton of Cadboll in 1998 and 2001 revealed not only fragments of the...

November 5, 2021
Cover for Bearsden: A Roman Fort on the Antonine Wall Bearsden: A Roman Fort on the Antonine Wall
David J Breeze

The demolition of Victorian villas in the 1970s led to an excavation of a Roman fort at Bearsden, near Glasgow, on the Antonine Wall, and the discovery of a Roman bath-house and latrine.

The bath-house is the tip of an archaeological iceberg. Over ten seasons a substantial...

May 29, 2020
Cover for Portmahomack on Tarbat Ness: Changing Ideologies in North-East Scotland, Sixth to Sixteenth Century AD Portmahomack on Tarbat Ness: Changing Ideologies in North-East Scotland, Sixth to Sixteenth Century AD
Martin Carver, FSAScot, Justin Garner-Lahire, Cecily Spall, FSAScot

Portmahomack on the Tarbat peninsula overlooking the Dornoch Firth is a fishing village with a 1,500-year-old history. In the sixth and seventh century it was a high-ranking centre with monumental cist burials and links to the equestrian class in England. In the eighth century it was a monastery, creating manuscripts and making church vessels...

June 28, 2019
Cover for The Scottish Antiquarian Tradition: Essays to mark the bicentenary of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland 1780–1980 The Scottish Antiquarian Tradition: Essays to mark the bicentenary of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland 1780–1980
A S Bell

For two hundred years the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland has remained a major guardian of the heritage of the nation in its museum and through the long series of publications by its members that record many of the major discoveries about the early history of Scotland. In 1980 the Society celebrated the bicentenary of its foundation by...

June 27, 2019