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Kildavie Excavation Field School 2015, Isle of Mull, Scotland

Location: Kildavie, United Kingdom

August 30, 2015 to September 12, 2015

Application Deadline: 
Thursday, July 31, 2014

Discount for AIA members: 
5% discount for AIA Members

Program Type

Field school



Heritage & Archaeological Research Practice (HARP)

Project Director:

Ian Hill (HARP)

Project Description

HARP will be running a Field School on the Isle of Mull in August/September 2015.  The Field School 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.


The Field School will be running from Sunday 30th August to Saturday 12th September.  The costs for attending the Field School are £450 (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.  

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

Period(s) of Occupation: Medieval, Post-Medieval, Clearances

Community Outreach

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 2 weeks

Minimum age: 

Experience required: 
No Experience necessary, all welcome

Room and Board Arrangements

Self catering accommodation will be provided in shared or dorm style rooms 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.

£ 450 (Sterling)

Academic Credit

Number of credits offered N/A


Contact Information
Ian Hill
H.A.R.P, Conference House, 152 Morrison Street