Topic ID #32989 - posted 6/24/2014 5:00 AM

Kildavie Excavation Field School 2017, Isle of Mull, Scotland


Kildavie, Excavation



HARP will be returning to the Isle of Mull in June and July 2017 to continue their Excavation Field School at the site of Kildavie.  The Field School will continue on from the 2016 season and will consist of 2 weeks excavation at the abandoned settlement of Kildavie, possibly dating back to the Early Medieval period, and being inhabited until the 18th Century before being abandoned, with many villagers leaving Scotland for North America.


Previous investigations have identified at least sixteen structures at the settlement, ranging from domestic dwellings to possible sites of cottage industry. The excavation aims to investigate the origins of the site, and to determine the function/use of the buildings.

The site has been investigated by the Mull Archaeological Interest Group for the past few years, with extensive survey and limited excavation.  Participants in the field school will learn about the history of Kildavie, along with being taught how to carry out desk-based and historical research into the site and its inhabitants.  This will be followed by the opportunity to excavate two of the buildings on the site, where it is hoped that the origins of the site will be determined.  All participants will learn how to excavate to a professional archaeological standard as well as how to record the remains by way of technical drawing and photography.  Alongside this participants will play a key role in public engagement and will learn about community archaeology, with the opportunity to work with volunteers from the Mull Archaeological Interest Group, and to help present our findings during a public open day.

The site is located within the North West Mull Community Woodland of Langamull, only a stones throw away from the coast.  The idyllic setting on Mull is a great opportunity for participants to experience island life in the Scottish countryside, as well as having the opportunity to excavate an as yet little understood archaeological site.


Self catering accommodation in shared or dorm type rooms will be provided in the nearby village of Dervaig, with local facilities including a shop and pub.  Meals will be provided on all work days associated with the project and all participants will be invited to take part in the public open day on the middle weekend of the project, and the public lecture about our finding that will take place at the end of the excavation.


The Field School will be running from Thursday 29th June to Wednesday 12th July.  The costs for attending the Field School are £550 (GBP).  Costs include all course fees, transport to and from site each day, accommodation and food on work days.  Transport to and from Mull is not included.  A non-refundable 50% deposit will be required on your acceptance to secure your place.  Places are limited and will be given on a first come first served basis upon receipt of your deposit.

Places for one week only are available and will be considered on request. Please contact us for more details.

For more information and to book a place please contact us or visit our website

Post ID#20663 - replied 4/25/2015 7:30 AM


Accommodation will be provided in the Glen Houses in Dervaig

Post ID#20765 - replied 3/4/2016 4:15 AM


Dates for the 2016 Season are now confirmed! 28th August to 10th September

Post ID#20854 - replied 3/1/2017 8:40 AM


2017 dates are now confirmed!


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