The Association of Local Government Archeological Officers (ALGAO): Scotland aims to provide a forum on historic environmental members, their staff, and other interested bodies in Scotland. It will act as a voice for local government archeologists and to promote these services within local government. It also aims to conserve the environment resource in Scotland in the interest of the community and to further public education, understanding and enjoyment of this resource and also to provide assistance and advice on relevant historic and environment matters to the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities and other bodies at national regional and local level.
John Lawson, City of Edinburgh Council's curator of archeology said:
'The launch of ALGAO:Scotland represents an important step forward in the management of Scotland's Archaeological Heritage. Over 90% of archaeological sites are unprotected by any legislation with the management responsibility principally lying with Scotland's local authorities through the planning system. The new body will act as a voice to support Local Authorities to increase awareness of archaeology and help to the important issues surrounding the management of this national resource.'
The new organisation will now be able to plan strategically - engaging with COSLA and Historic Scotland and developing outreach programmes, engaging with planners and communities and improving skills.
ALGAO:UK has worked effectively in England and Wales over the last 10 years and it is hoped that ALGAO:Scotland can follow this example.
The association is open to all local authorities with archeologists on staff and is funded by the Scottish Executive via Historic Scotland.