Scottish Place-Name Society | Useful Links
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For discussion and queries about Scottish place-names, visit the Scotplace discussion group.


  • CANMORE –  the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) database. Brings together the results of the survey and collections material into one place and combines location information, site details and images on more than 300,000 archaeological, architectural, maritime and industrial sites throughout Scotland.
  • British and Irish Archaeological Database – Contains nearly 100,000 references to material published between AD 1695 and June 1991, this unparalleled body of information is made available in the first instance in a free-text search only format.
  • CADW – Welsh Historic Monuments has recently launched a web site.
  • Northern Ireland Sites and Monuments Record – contains over 14,000 references to the archaeology of Northern Ireland and will have particular relevance to researchers interested in the Irish Sea zone (Ireland, Isle of Man, NW England, Scotland and Wales). As examples, there is a wealth of data about crannogs, souterrains and early monastic sites.
  • The Official Lascaux Cave site – « Lascaux » is the 5th volume of the electronic collection « Grands sites archéologiques » produced by the « Mission de la Recherche et de la Technologie (Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication) ».
  • Celtic Improvisations – the first time that a Celtic iconographic study has been done for a series of items that are both localized in time and in space.
  • West of Scotland Archaeology Service – includes the ‘SMR Search’ system – a prototype for on-line access to information in the Sites and Monuments Record, and “Report a Site” page, allowing users to provide information about new or known sites.


  • MapPad – is a free downloadable program developed by the NOAA Palaeoclimatology Program for plotting geographical distributions.
  • GIS Portal – excellent for anyone interested in or working with maps or the GIS indtusry.