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Canmore Mapping Layer

The HES Canmore Mapping layer is a GIS shapefile containing the Known Site Extents of around 40,000 sites in Scotland. The map shows the present extent of mapping using the Defining Scotland’s Places methodology. This methodology was developed during a pilot mapping project in 2010 and has gone on to be adopted by the Scottish Historic Environment Data group as its preferred Technical Specification for mapping the extent of archaeological monuments of Scotland. The full Technical Specification can be downloaded below.

Mapping the extent of Scotland’s monument is an ongoing project being carried out by organisations across Scotland. The Forestry Commission Scotland and the National Trust for Scotland have both recently finished mapping their entire estates. The Scottish Borders, Stirling, Clackmannanshire and Shetland are about to begin projects to map their counties. Midlothian, Renfrewshire and parts of Orkney were mapped as part of the original pilot and HES’ survey teams now systematically map all new sites to this technical specification.

There are somewhere in the region of 160,000 unique archaeological records in Scotland. The mapping of these records continues. Watch this space for updates.

HES Canmore Mapping is open data produced to the Open Government Licence.

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