How to use the Research Framework site

Please visit the Research Framework Network home page to see all the available Frameworks. Images used in this guide are taken from across the Network.

How to navigate the site

Clicking on the top left name of the individual framework site will always take you back to the homepage for that Framework;

Clicking on the top left ‘Part of the Research Frameworks Network’ words will always take you back to the homepage of the Research Frameworks Network allowing you to visit other frameworks.

Each framework has a number of ways to access the pages, and the research strategies and objectives. One way is the top menu which is available on all pages, some elements will also have dropdowns to quickly access other pages.

Many frameworks also have ‘cards’ on the front page which are clickable links to the sections of the framework site.

Registering to contribute and comment

In order to contribute and comment on the Framework you will need to register.

You can register on the specific research framework site you are visiting, or from the main Research Framework Network landing page. To register from the Research Frameworks Network please visit the registration page.

Following registration you will be able to comment or contribute information on various sections of all the Frameworks across the whole Network, not just the one you have registered on.

Please read the Privacy Policy and Terms and Conditions before registering with the Network. You will also have to confirm your registration via an email link, so ensure you have access to the email address you use.

How to contribute/comment

Frameworks rely on local research to keep up to date. This “quick comment” facility allows you to contribute to the research, add links to new research completed and help to keep the framework relevant. 

You must be registered with the Network in order to comment, use the button above to Register.

In order to contribute, hover your cursor over the  paragraph or heading which you would like to interact with. If commenting is available on these pages, click on the speech bubble which will appear on the right hand side (pictured right).

This will open a comment box and allow you to tell us about your research, helpful links or details of projects. You can expand the box by pulling down on the right hand corner.

Your personal details, including your name and email address, will not appear unless otherwise stated, but provision of these will allow us to follow up with you or ask questions about the research.

Alternatively, some frameworks have a comment facility at the bottom of each page.

These comments will be periodically reviewed and the information taken into account for future revisions of the material presented on the site. Some framework steering groups have decided to make comments visible, others have not.

General comments (including, issues with the website) may be provided by emailing the Network team at In Scotland, you can also contact directly.

What information can be contributed?

Please add any information you feel would further our knowledge of a particular period or geographical area. When choosing where to place your comment please try to place it on relevant paragraphs within the Framework. Alternatively, some frameworks have a comment facility at the bottom of each page.

What type of information is useful? This is up to you, but some suggestions for information to add:

  • New knowledge/information gained during fieldwork/excavation
  • New knowledge/information gained during desk or lab based research
  • Links to new publications, ADS records, Grey literature, book publications, community websites.
  • Questions you have in regard to information within the framework narrative
  • Updates on sites or finds mentioned within the framework
  • Changes to understanding

Try to give as much information as possible to assist the Framework working group – if necessary they may contact you after review (please note, this may take some time depending on the framework).