We had a very successful two weeks at Kildavie on the Isle of Mull in September 2014. During the two week field school we investigated two of the structures on the site of an abandoned, eighteenth century township, along with excavating a series of test pits in some of the outlying enclosures.
The excavations helped to uncover some good dating evidence for the site, with some nice glass and pottery artefacts uncovered. We are currently analysing all of the finds and will be compiling a report on the findings and an eBook for the project in the near future.
The Team Excavating one of the Test Pits
The project was run with permission from the North West Mull Community Woodland Company, and was attended by 18 students from both the UK and America. Volunteers from the Mull Archaeological Interest Group were part of the project and learned excavation and recording skills from us, whilst also generously showing the students how to carry out Plane Table Surveying!
We received funding from the Historic Scotland Historic Environment Support Fund that allowed us to run a site open day, where thirty members opf the public camealong and got the chance to see an excavation in action and were given site tours by the students. The funding also allowed us to present a public lecture at the end of our field school in the Dervaig Village Hall, where over 50 people came to see what we had been up to.
Site Tour at Structure 4 on the Open Day The Group Learning what's been going on at Structure 12
We will be adding photos from the field school to our Facebook page, and will be presenting more of our findings here when they are complete. The field school will be running again in 2014 and if you would like to be involved or would like more information please contact us. The field school is run by donations, and fees made by the participants, and if you would like to make a donation to help support the project please have a look at our donations page.
We would like to thank the NWMCWC for allowing us to conduct our field school in the Langamull woodland; Historic Scotland for their financial support; and all of the students and volunteers for all of their hard work! We're looking forward to the 2015 season already!
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