Topic ID #36582 - posted 1/8/2016 11:02 AM

Contextualising Kildavie, Field Survey, Isle of Mull, Scotland


Contextualising Kildavie, Survey Field School: Kildavie, Isle of Mull

3rd to 16th April 2016



HARP will be running a Field School on the Isle of Mull in April 2016.  The Field School will be continuing on from previous work in 2014 and 2015, and will consist of 2 weeks intensive field survey around 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. 

There are 12 places are available for this Field School


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 training in GIS and map production, where we will generate a base map in order to document archaeological sites in the area. Over the course of the two weeks we will be conducting an intensive field survey in the lands surrounding the Kildavie settlement in order to identify and record all of the archaeological sites in the area. All participants will learn how to identify, survey, and record archaeological sites from a variety of time periods to a professional archaeological standard.  Full training will be provided in field survey, monument identification and recording, photography, and building recording.  Training will also be provided in conducting desk based research and GIS, with an introduction to archaeological illustration.

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. 


Accommodation will be provided in local self-catering cottages and either shared room or dorm rooms will be on offer. We will be staying 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.


The costs for attending the Survey 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 but local pick ups will be provided from Tobermory. 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.  Prospective participants will need to complete an application form available below.

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


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