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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Europe - Scotland - Strathearn Environs and Royal Forteviot (SERF) Project - 2014

Europe - Scotland - Strathearn Environs and Royal Forteviot (SERF) Project - 2014

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
Start Date 2014-06-21
End Date 2014-07-11

Archaeology Field School Location


Archaeology Field School Tuition and Credits

Sponsoring College/Institution

University of Glasgow

Academic Credit

20 SCOTCAT, 10ECTS, 5US/Canadian

Archaeology Field School Tuition

You will be provided with high quality tuition by lecturers and staff from the University of Glasgow. We offer the opportunity to take this field school for credit (20 SCOTCAT credits/ 10ECTS or 5 US/Canadian credits). (Credits cost an additional 250 on top of the field school cost)

Archaeology Field School Room and Board

As part of the field school costs, you will stay in the residences of Perth College, Perth Scotland. You will have your own room with toilet and shower, sharing a kithen and balcony within a flat containing 4-5 rooms. You will also be provided with and evening meal. You will have to provide your own breakfast and lunches (there are several shops nearby the residences).(

Archaeology Field School Travel
You must pay for your travel to and from Glasgow
Additional Information on Tution/Room and Board/Travel Costs

The cost of participation on the field school is 1450 and includes, formal training, evening lectures, field trips, transport from Glasgow, and single room accommodation at Perth College. Undergraduate credits are available for an additional charge of 250.

Archaeology Field School Description

Strathearn Environs and Royal Forteviot (SERF) project has been investigating a rich archaeological landscape in the heart of Scotland for over six years, exploring the creation of large ritual monuments during the early prehistoric period (over 4000 years ago) to the emergence of a Pictish royal centre (over 2000 years ago) to the Post-medieval historical land-use.

In 2014 the SERF project will continue to investigate this abundant and diverse archaeological landscape, focussing our attentions around the village of Dunning, Perthshire. Targeted fieldwork in the fields around Dunning will explore a vast range of features from a prehistoric barrow to possible Mesolithic pits to Roman temporary camps. Within the village explorations will continue to uncover the remains its history, from the Early Medieval period to the present day.

The excavation will run for three weeks from the 21st June to 11th of July 2014.

The SERF project offers participation and high quality training in a range of essential archaeological field techniques (including excavation, topographic survey, landscape recording and artefact handling) through a field school run by the University of Glasgow. The field school is open to all, including absolute beginners. Evening lectures and field trips are also part of this learning experience. This is a unique opportunity to take part in an internationally significant large-scale research project, joining a team of academics, specialists and participants from across Scotland and beyond.

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Archaeology Field School Type

Multiperiod, Prehistoric, Roman, Early Medieval, Pictish, Post-medieval Excavation, Survey, Geophysics

Time Period

Multiperiod, Prehistoric, Roman, Early Medieval, Pictish,Post-medieval

Field School Setting/Conditions

This field school is in the picturesque rural setting of Perthshire, Scotland. The small town of Dunning is small with St. Serf's church and sixth century tower at its heart. The valley surrounding the village is fertile with many arable fields and bounded by rolling green hills.

How is the project area accessed each day

We will be driving to and from the residences to site and there may be a short walk to the excavation trenches.

What is the daily schedule for the field school

Dates: 21st June to 11th July, 2014
We will be working 6 day weeks with a typical working day leaving from the Hostel around 8:30am and returning shortly after 5pm. There will be coffee/tea breaks in the morning and afternoon and a 45 min long lunch break when these will be up to the director of each site.

About 3-4 evenings a week there will be 1hour-1/2hour lectures and other events.

Number of years this Archaeology Field School has been in operation
7 years
Is there a professional certification for this field school


Directors and Instructors

Prof. Stephen Driscoll
Dr. Kenneth Brophy
Dr. Ewan Campbell
Dr. Tessa Poller
Dr. Dene Wright
Lorrane McEwan
Dr. Jeremy Huggett
Dr. Michael Given
Dr. Chris Dalglish
Catherine MacIver

Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn

Excavation Methods and Recording Techniques
Standing Building Survey
Topographic Survey
Artefact Handling
Geophysical Survey
Landscape Walkover Survey

On rain days will there be lab work?

If the weather is too bad to work in the field, other trips and activities will be organised.

Will there be additional organized activities?

There are evening lectures, social events and day trips (optional on the day off)

Will there be additional organized activities?

There are evening lectures

Is travel restriced during free time?

You will be residing in Perth, Scotland which has transport connections via bus and rail to many places.

Archaeology Field School Contact Information and Website

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Field School Contact Information

Dr. Tessa Poller
University of Glasgow
Gregory Building
Lilybank Gardens
G12 8QQ

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