The City of Edinburgh Council Archaeology Service (CECAS) provides a key role in protecting Edinburgh’s Historic Environment by providing a range of services.

This includes:

  • archaeological consultancy advice across the Council and to outside agencies, developers and members of the public on issues arising from planning and development proposals
  • forestry and land management projects & maritime development
  • managing and maintaining the Council’s Historic Environment Record (HER)
  • providing Archaeological and Heritage Policy Advice
  • undertaking Archaeological Project Management
  • managing the Council's Museum Service’s Archaeological Collections

Found something?

If you think you have found something of archaeological significance in Edinburgh and the Lothians, you are obliged by law to report it to Treasure Trove.

The role of Treasure Trove is to ensure that objects of cultural significance from Scotland’s past are protected for the benefit of the nation and preserved in museums across the country.

The City of Edinburgh Council Archaeology Service is a member of Association of Local Authority Archaeology Officers (ALGAO: UK), which provides a UK wide forum representing archaeologists working for local authorities and national parks employed by local authorities to provide advice on archaeological conservation and management.

Edinburgh, Lothian & Borders Annual Archaeology Conference

This nationally recognised annual regional conference provides an important opportunity to hear and discuss first-hand accounts of archaeological fieldwork and research being undertaken within Edinburgh East Lothian, Midlothian and the Scottish Borders.


John Lawson

Telephone: +44 (0) 131 558 1040 
Mobile +44 (0) 7775 587516 
Address: Museum of Edinburgh, 142 Canongate, Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH8 8DD