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Fortingall Pictish Monastery 2013

Location: Fortingall, , United Kingdom

August 19, 2013 to September 7, 2013

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Deadline Type: 
Contact for details

Flyer: fortingall_excavation_poster_ojt_heritage_aug2013.pdf

Program Type

Field school



OJT Heritage

Project Director:

Dr. Oliver J O'Grady, Independent Researcher

Project Description

OJT Heritage offers a flexible approach to volunteering in archaeology through respected research and community archaeology projects. We conduct field projects at Early Medieval sites in Scotland using survey & excavation to advance important research agendas about Pictish and Early Gaelic power centres and monasteries.

Join our team in the stunning landscape of Glen Lyon in highland Perthshire, ‘the heart of Scotland’, at the historic village of Fortingall. In 2013 we will embark on a season of excavation at the lost early medieval monastery of Fortingall in highland Perth & Kinross. The site, an ecclesiastical enclosure, is conjectured to be one of the un-named monasteries founded from Iona on the west coast of Scotland among the Picts, that were mentioned by Adomnán (died 704), the ninth abbot of Iona and St Columba’s biographer.

The programme is designed to enable learning and discovery in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere under the guidance of established professionals.

Period(s) of Occupation: Early Christian, Early Medieval Scotland.

Pictish archaeology. Early medieval monastery. Early Gaelic Scotland.

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Three weeks.

Minimum age: 
18 years.

Experience required: 
No experience required.

Room and Board Arrangements

Bunk-house accommodation with self-catering meals. Advise about alternative local accommodation can be made available should volunteers choose to make their own arrangments for accomodation.

£500 per week

Academic Credit

Number of credits offered: none


Contact Information
Dr. Oliver J O'Grady
United Kingdom
Recommended Bibliography: 

Brouke, C. (1983) 'The hand-bells of the early Scottish church', Proc Soc Ants Scot, vol. 113, pp.464-468.

O'Grady, O.J.T. (2010) 'Culdee Monasteries, Perth and Kinross (Fortingall parish), geophysical survey', Discovery Excav Scot, New, vol.11 Cathedral Communications Limited, Wiltshire, England, pp.143.

Robertson, N.M. (1997) ‘The Early Medieval Carved Stones of Fortingall’, in Henry, D. (ed) The Worm, the Germ and the Thorn: Pictish and related studies presented to Isabel Henderson, Pinkfoot Press, pp.133-48.

Smith, I. (1996) The archaeology of the early Christian church in Scotland and Man AD 400-1200, in Blair and Pyrah (eds) Church Archaeology: Research directions for the future, CBA Report 104, York: CBA, pp.19-37.

Taylor, S. (1999) ‘Seventh-century lona abbots in Scottish place-names’, in Broun and Clancy Spes Scottorum: Hope of Scots, pp.35-70.