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Kildavie Excavation 2015 Field School


Organised by: Heritage and Archaeological Research Practice (HARP) Archaeology
Where: North-west Scotland
Dates: 30th August to 12th September 2015
Cost: £450 (GBP) (includes course fees, transport to and from site each day, accommodation and food on work days)

This Field School will consist of 2 weeks excavation at the abandoned settlement of Kildavie, possibly dating back to the Early Medieval period. The settlement was 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. Investigations in 2014 identified a number of post abandonment usage of two of the structures as well as finding solid dating evidence for inhabitation during the mid 1700’s. A series of test pits across the site have also hinted at much earlier occupation in the area with the retrieval of some flint artefacts.

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, photography and surveying, and will have the opportunity to complete a course book and portfolio.  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.

There are 18 places available for this Field School.

For more information please visit Harp Archaeology's website


The above content was sourced from www.harparchaeology.co.uk/field-schools/kildavie-excavation/kildavie-excavation-2015

SUBMITTED BY: admin admin AUTHOR: HARP ArchaeologyORIGINAL PUBLISHED DATE: 4/28/2015

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