an archaeological
field school

Hot House and formal garden at Pittencrieff Park
Hot House and formal garden at Pittencrieff Park

Pittencrieff Park in Dunfermline is one of Fife’s important heritage landscapes.

This July, through the wonders of archaeological research, we will …

learn and share more about some of its treasures …

… as members of local youth groups learn practical archaeological skills from …

… students working to complete field work they need for their degrees and future job prospects

… and experienced amateurs and professionals keen to share a wealth of archaeological experience and enthusiasm .


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.