Monastic Scotland: Archaeology and History

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Location: Lindores Abbey, Fife

Season: May 1, 2024 to June 28, 2024

Session Dates: 25 May to 22 June 2024

Application Deadline: February 25, 2024

Deadline Type: Rolling


Program Type:
Field School

RPA Certified:

University of St. Andrews

Project Director:
Professor Alison I. Beach

Project Description:

Excavations at Lindores Abbey in Fife, Scotland, a twelfth-century Tironensian monastery for men. This unique four-week Summer Study course offers students the opportunity to explore the history of medieval Scotland first-hand. In addition to classroom-based study of the history of medieval monasticism in Scotland, students will gain extensive hands-on training and experience in field excavation, lab-based bioarcheology, archival work, and cultural heritage management.

Thanks to an exciting new partnership between the University of St Andrews and Lindores Abbey Distillery, students will have the opportunity to participate in excavations at Lindores Abbey, a twelfth-century monastery with a tradition of distilling on the site dating back to the fifteenth century.

Our excavations are designed to examine the relationship between the abbey and its landscape, and particularly its relationship with and use of water. Investigations will include both the wider landscape of the abbey and the development of waterways, including the nearby River Tay and Loch of Lindores, and the use of water within the monastic precinct itself.

Period(s) of Occupation: Medieval

No prior excavation experience is necessary, and students will earn transferable St Andrews credit while studying with expert archaeologists and historians.

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 4 Weeks (for St Andrews Credit

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: N/A

Room and Board Arrangements:
Included in course feel. Housing in St Andrews' David Russell Apartments

Academic Credit:
Yes (for transfer to home institution); single-course equivalent at most US colleges and universities.

Contact Information:

Alison I. Beach

71 South St.

St Andrews


KY15 9QW

Scotland, UK

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