Kildavie 2019


Previous investigations at Kildavie have identified at least sixteen structures at the settlement, ranging from domestic dwellings to possible sites of cottage industry. Our project aims to investigate the origins of the site, and to determine the function/use of the buildings, as well as to investigate the area surrounding the settlement. Investigations in 2014 to 2018 identified a number of post abandonment usage of two of the structures as well as finding solid dating evidence for inhabitation during the mid 1700’s. A series of test pits across the site have also hinted at much earlier occupation in the area with the retrieval of some flint artefacts. A nearby structure has been identified in 2018, which may date back to the Iron Age.

The site has been investigated by the Mull Archaeological Interest Group for the past few years, with extensive survey and limited excavation.

Investigations at Kildavie will be continuing in 2019 and full details on the project including dates and costs are available below.  

2019 Excavation Field School

*1st to 14th September 2019*

The Kildavie Excavation will be continuing in September 2019.  The Field School will consist of 2 weeks excavation at the abandoned settlement of Kildavie, possibly dating back to the Early Medieval period. The settlement was inhabited until the 18th Century before being abandoned, with many villagers leaving Scotland for North America. 

There are 18 places are available for this Field School

Participants in the field school will learn about the history of Kildavie, along with being taught how to carry out desk-based and historical research into the site and its inhabitants.  This will be followed by the opportunity to excavate two of the buildings on the site, where it is hoped that the origins of the site will be determined.  All participants will learn how to excavate to a professional archaeological standard as well as how to record the remains by way of technical drawing, photography and surveying, and will have the opportunity to complete a portfolio.  Alongside this participants will play a key role in public engagement and will learn about community archaeology, with the opportunity to work with volunteers from the Mull Archaeological Interest Group, and to help present our findings during a public open day.

The site is located within the North West Mull Community Woodland of Langamull, only a stones throw away from the coast.  The idyllic setting on Mull is a great opportunity for participants to experience island life in the Scottish countryside, as well as having the opportunity to excavate an as yet little understood archaeological site.


Accommodation will be provided in local self-catering cottages and either shared room or dorm rooms will be on offer, with wifi internet access available. We will be staying in the nearby village of Dervaig, with local facilities including a shop and pub.  Meals will be provided on all work days associated with the project and all participants will be invited to take part in the public open day in the second week of the project, and the public lecture about our finding that will take place at the end of the excavation.


Costs for attending the Excavation Field School are £595 GBP ($995 US).  Costs include all course fees, transport to and from site each day, accommodation and food on work days.  Transport to and from Mull is not included. A non-refundable 50% deposit will be required on your acceptance to secure your place.  Places are limited and will be given on a first come first served basis upon receipt of your deposit.  Prospective participants will need to complete an application form.

For more information please contact us


"All of the supervisors have been super helpful, allowing me to gain new skills and improve on previous ones. The accommodation was lovely and everyone has been so nice."

"I loved my time here. I really enjoyed the work and learning new techniques. I enjoyed learning from all of you as well, you're all great teachers."

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