Fieldwork

Jacobites, Clearance and Scots! 2022 Field School

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Location: Faskally Caravan Site, Killiecrankie Rd, Pitlochry PH16 5LD, UK

Season: August 8, 2022 to August 19, 2022

Application Deadline: May 15, 2022

Deadline Type: Rolling

Website: http://www.harparchaeology.co.uk/field-schools/archaeology-of-eighteenth-century-scotland

Program Type:
Field School

RPA Certified:
No

Affiliation:
Heritage and Archaeological Research Practice

Project Director:
Ian Hill

Project Description:

HARP will be returning to the Scottish Highlands to continue our field school investigating the 18th Century of Highland Scotland. The project will focus on the changing social and cultural landscapes of Scotland at this time, and aims to record the historical and archaeological sites dating to this period. The location of the project is inspired by a series of historical ‘Grand Tours’ that were being undertaken in Scotland at that time by a number of individuals including Thomas Pennant’s tours of the Highlands, Joseph Banks’ tour to Staffa and Johnson and Boswell’s tour to the Hebrides. The Tours were often facilitated by the construction of new military roads in Scotland, which were built in an attempt to ‘open up’ the Highlands following the Jacobite uprisings. These new roads were constructed by General Wade, whilst new military mapping projects and surveys were being undertaken by William Roy following the Jacobite Uprisings in 1745-46.  The project will follow the routes of these tours and military surveys to identify the changing landscape of the 18th Century, from the Jacobite uprisings, through to the coming of sheep and the start of the Highland Clearances. Our survey will identify and compare what was seen by the tourists, Jacobites, and surveyors of the time compared to what can still be seen today.

The 2022 project will focus on sections of the routes undertaken by Pococke in 1760 and the 1772 Schiehallion Experiment undertaken by Astronomer Royal, Nevil Maskeleyne, as well as areas visited by Robert Burns in the 1780s and William and Dorothy Wordsworth in the early 1800s. Our survey will trace and record by historical research, photography, technical drawing, building recording and GIS, the visible remains of these routes including sections of Wade’s Road and its bridges. It will also record a selection of contemporary settlements and architecture.

We will be surveying sections of the military road that still survive to this day, as well as surveying a number of the bridges built as part of the road construction scheme. We will visit and survey Drovers Inns and Kings Houses that were an integral part of an 18th Century Tourist itinerary, and will assess, survey and record the changing settlement patterns that were taking place at this time as a result of social change and enforced agricultural and economic change following the Jacobite uprisings.

Along with visiting the historical remains of an integral part of Scotland’s history, participants of the field school will receive training in historical research, historic map analysis, archaeological field survey, monument recording, GIS training, Photographic survey and Historic Building survey.

Formal credit is not offered, however, participants will have the opportunity to build a portfolio, along with full training and copies of software used during the course that they can take away with them at the end.  For participants who are completing an Archaeological Skills Passport all relevant sections will be signed off. A course syllabus can be provided on request, and can be used to help arrange credit with your own institution (arrangements for credit are to be made by participants and will not be arranged by HARP).

Accommodation

The field school will be based in the Perthshire and Tayside region of the Central Highlands, and accommodation will be based near Pitlochry. Accommodation will be provided at the Faskally Caravan Park. Shared rooms will be provided, and the park has an onsite shop, bar, spa, and restaurant. All meals on work days will be provided for you during the project, with catering duties shared by the group. We will have a welcome dinner on our first night, and packed lunches for when we are out in the field (dietary requirements will be taken into account). The middle Saturday of the fortnight will consist of a free day, allowing participants to explore the surrounding area at their leisure. This will be followed by day of field trips to nearby historic sites, and to provide you with an opportunity to embark on some luxury retail therapy. Local highlights include Blair Castle, The Blair Atholl Distillery, Glen Shee Ski Centre and more.

Costs

The total cost for the field school is £795 (GBP) per person and includes accommodation, all meals, and transport on all workdays and site visits. Transport to and from the field school is not included but free pick-ups will be arranged between Pitlochry and the field school accommodation. A limited number of transfers to/from Edinburgh and Edinburgh Airport will be available for an extra fee, and information on this will be provided on request.

Application

There is no application deadline. Places are limited and are given on a first come first served basis. For more information or to apply for a place please complete the application form and return it to Ian at ian@harparchaeology.co.uk

Grant Funding

We are also offering four grants of £250  to participants who are actively researching any of the study focuses of the field school, with successful applicants afforded access to all data that has been compiled from the project to date, and the opportunity to use the recorded data in their studies. Successful grant applicants will only be charged £545 to participate in the project. To apply for one of the four grants please outline your research or area of study and how the field school will help you in your studies. Successful grant applicants will also need to produce a blog post or short paper regarding their study and the field school that will be shared via the HARP website and relevant social channels.

 

Period(s) of Occupation: Eighteenth Century, Jacobite Uprising, Highland Clearances

Notes:
Jacobites, Highland Clearances, Field Survey, GIS

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 12 Days

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: No Experience necessary, all abilities catered for

Room and Board Arrangements:
Accommodation will be provided at Faskally Holiday Park near Pitlochry. The park is located between Pitlochry and Killiecrankie, site of the beginnings of the Jacobite Uprising of 1689, located on the southern edge of the Cairngorms National Park. Shared rooms will be provided, and the park has an onsite shop, bar, spa, and restaurant. All meals on work days will be provided for you during the project, with catering duties shared by the group. We will have a welcome dinner on our first night, and packed lunches for when we are out in the field (dietary requirements will be taken into account). The middle Saturday of the fortnight will consist of a free day, allowing participants to explore the surrounding area at their leisure. This will be followed by day of field trips to nearby historic sites, and to provide you with an opportunity to embark on some luxury retail therapy. Local highlights include Blair Castle, The Blair Atholl Distillery, Glen Shee Ski Centre and more.

Academic Credit:
Formal credit is not offered, however, participants will have the opportunity to build a portfolio, along with full training and copies of software used during the course that they can take away with them at the end. For participants who are completing an Archaeological Skills Passport all relevant sections will be signed off. A course syllabus can be provided on request, and can be used to help arrange credit with your own institution (arrangements for credit are to be made by participants and will not be arranged by HARP).

Contact Information:


H.A.R.P

101 Rose Street South Lane

Edinburgh

EH2 3JG

ian@harparchaeology.co.uk

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