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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Europe - Scotland - Strathearn Environs and Royal Forteviot (SERF) Field School - 2016

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
Start Date 2016-06-18
End Date 2016-07-10

Multiple Session information

An optional fourth week until the 16th of July 2016 located in Glasgow is available.

Archaeology Field School Location

Dunning, Perthshire, Scotland

Archaeology Field School Tuition and Credits

Sponsoring College/Institution

University of Glasgow

Academic Credit

20 SCOTCAT credits from the University of Glasgow offered (equal to 10 ECTS or 5 US/Canadian credits). Please confirm with your home institution that they will accept the transfer of these credits

Archaeology Field School Travel
Travel to and from Glasgow not included
Additional Information on Tution/Room and Board/Travel Costs

Non-credited total cost 1450
Credited total cost 1700 (includes tuition/registration fees)

These costs includes accommodation (training and teaching; accommodation in individual en suite rooms, evening meals, and travel

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 nine years, exploring the creation of large ritual monuments during the early prehistoric period (over 4,000 years ago) to the emergence of a Pictish royal centre (over 2,000 years ago) to the Post-medieval historical land-use.

The University of Glasgow field school offers high quality training in a range of essential archaeological field techniques (including excavation, topographic survey, landscape recording and artefact handling). Evening lectures and field trips are also part of this learning experience. Since 2007 we have trained over 300 students.

In 2016 SERF will continue to investigate the abundant and diverse archaeological landscape around the village of Dunning, Perthshire; exploring a prehistoric complex.

The field school is open to all, including absolute beginners. The SERF field school provides a unique opportunity to take part in an internationally significant large-scale research project with prehistoric and early medieval dimensions, joining a team of academics, specialists and students from across Scotland and beyond.

The excavation will run for three weeks from the 18th June to the 10th of July 2016 (with an optional fourth week covering some post-excavation techniques in Glasgow).

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Archaeology Field School Type

Multiperiod, training, excavation and survey

Time Period

Prehistoric, Early Medieval, Pictish Post-medieval

Field School Setting/Conditions

Transport will be provided to and from the accommodation, which is located in the small city of Perth, Scotland. The field school activities will be set within the countryside characterised by small villages and arable fields.

How is the project area accessed each day

You will be driven to and from the accommodation to site.

What is the daily schedule for the field school

We will be working 6 day weeks with a typical working day leaving from Perth College around 8:30am and returning shortly after 5pm (transport to site provided). There will be breaks in the morning and afternoon and a longer lunch break.

This schedule is weather dependent; some days may be cut short by heavy rain, others may then have to last longer. You should also expect to be working some evenings to enter data from excavation but if everyone does some this will not be onerous. There will be several evening lectures or classes (a timetable will be circulated nearer the time) and if you are involved in survey work, you will also be expected to spend some time downloading and working with data in the evening.

We have two days off. During those days, there will be a chance for you to travel into Perth, but there will also be optional fieldtrips on offer. During the field school we also organise social events on some evenings (pub quiz, fancy dress party etc) which we hold for all participants, which will be a great way to get to know everyone in the team a bit better

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Directors and Instructors

Dr Kenneth Brophy (University of Glasgow), Dr Ewan Campbell (University of Glasgow), Dr Chris Dalglish, Dr Michael Given, Professor Stephen Driscoll (University of Glasgow), Dr Tessa Poller (Universiy of Glasgow), Dr Dene Wright (University of Glasgow)

Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn

Excavation, archaeological recording, topographic survey, walkover survey, geophysical survey

Will there be additional organized activities?

Yes, there are optional field trips on the days off.

Will there be additional organized activities?

Yes, there are organised lectures on various archaeological topics.

Archaeology Field School Contact Information and Website

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Field School Contact Information

Dr Tessa Poller
Archaeology, University of Glasgow, Room 205, Gregory Building, Lilybank Gardens
G12 8QQ

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