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Kildavie, Excavation


Our 2015 excavation was a great success, with over 60 people coming along to our site open day and public talk. We will be continuing our excavations in 2016 where we aim to expand our investigations beyond the heart of the township! Full details will be available soon but for more information follow the link below.

Click here for the 2016 Field School

We will be returning to Kildavie on the Isle of Mull in late summer 2016. During the two week field school we will continue our investigation 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 in 2014 and 2015 helped to uncover some good dating evidence for the site, with some nice glass and pottery artefacts uncovered, as well as giving a good indication into how the buildings were constructed and how the villagers would have lived. We are hoping to uncover more answers from the settlement and will continue to analyse all of the finds.  We 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 runs with permission from the North West Mull Community Woodland Company, and the 2015 field school was attended by 16 students from the UK, Europe  and  North America. Volunteers from the Mull Archaeological Interest Group are a big part of the project and were a great help during the project were they took part in the excavations with us.

We received funding from the Historic Scotland Historic Environment Support Fund that allowed us to run a site open day in 2014, where thirty members of the public came along and got the chance to see an excavation, and this continued with nearly 40 visitors to our open day in 2015. The visitors were given site tours by the students to see what we had been up to during the excavation. We will be running another site open day and public lecture during the 2016 project to show members of the public what we have been able to uncover. 

                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 is run by donations from supporters, 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 Support Us 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 2016 season already!

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