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Kildavie, Excavation


*2015 Site Open Day Sunday 6th September' 10:30 to 15:30*

Come along to see what we have been up to on this years excavation where we will be giving regular guided tours so that you can see an excavation in action. Have a look at our finds and information tent to learn more about the project, and get involved in the activity area where you can have a go and help us uncover Kildavie's secrets! Free, all welcome, please wear suitable footwear and clothing.

*2015 Public Talk Thursday 10th September, 20:00*

Even if you can't make it to the site come along to our public talk at Dervaig Village Hall on Thursday 10th September from 20:00, when we will be explaining all that we have uncovered at this years dig,Chat to the team and see some of the finds that we have uncovered at this years dig! Free, all welcome.

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We are returning to Kildavie on the Isle of Mull in August and September 2015. 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 helped to uncover some good dating evidence for the site, with some nice glass and pottery artefacts uncovered. 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 will be attended by 18 students from both the UK and America. Volunteers from the Mull Archaeological Interest Group are a big part of the project and will again be learning 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 in 2014, where thirty members of 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. We will be running another site open day and public lecture this year to show members of the public what we have been able to uncover. The site Open Day will run on Sunday 6th September from 10:30 to 15:30, whilst the public talk will be presented at the Dervaig Village Hall at 20:00 on Thursday 10th September, all are welcome!

                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 2015 season already!

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