What’s this then?

A couple of years ago some folk started a branch of Young Archaeologists’ Club (YAC) in Dunfermline (follow this link to find out more: http://yac-fife.org).

They came to realise that there were plenty of youth groups and schools that would enjoy and benefit from getting involved in archaeology too. YAC leaders have ended up delivering a mix of archaeological activities to young people across Fife.

Danielle excavating medieval cow bone
Danielle excavating medieval cow bone

They have run mini-digs in village halls and schools and invited groups to join in with archaeological projects. They’ve organised archaeological activities in museums and at events in places such as Stirling Castle and the Crannog Centre.


19th Century gravestone excavated in the graveyard
19th Century gravestone excavated in the graveyard

Our summer researches will take in an 18th century (probably) dovecot, two World War 2 sites and the old graveyard, last resting place of the burghers of Dunfermline for the best part of 1000 years.

We will add our findings to the national record and share them with locals and visitors to Fife. The work on the World War 2 sites will contribute to the Defend Dunfermline WWII Festival  in August.

new skills

Planning some archaeology
Planning some archaeology

The young folk get to take part in the free field school for three consecutive days. They will learn and practise a range of focused skills. They’ll get the chance to:

  • Record archaeology using planning techniques ancient and modern;
  • Photograph features and draw plans and sections.
  • Process and record their finds;
  • Talk to visitors, contribute to the school blog and add to displays in the new Library.

We’ll work in small teams of participants and experienced students, with extra help on hand when needed. We will work at a comfortable pace, with fun and personal satisfaction the most important outcomes.

more fieldwork

Working with youth groups
Working with youth groups

Undergraduates with field experience get to work on a variety of sites for the whole of the two weeks. Community archaeology is the core of the project, so volunteers will work with participating groups to provide tuition and guidance.



Partially collapsed wall of an abandoned mining settlement
Partially collapsed wall of an abandoned mining settlement. Much of Fife’s past is hidden in lost corners, waiting to be discovered and appreciated.

The field school will produce archaeological research to be shared and enjoyed locally and nationally.

It will help youth groups to offer their members some interesting experiences:

  • Working with a diverse group of students;
  • Learning skills and honing abilities that might be useful sometime;
  • Prompting them to look at the world around them with fresh eyes.

We will encourage and support participants to think about and research more of Fife’s historical landscapes, and, just maybe, come up with their own archaeological projects.