The Field School

Students volunteering for the field school will be expected to stay for the whole of the two weeks, though exceptions will be considered.

Applications to participate as pupils will only be accepted from youth groups working in Fife. They must apply for full three day courses.

The course is free, but groups will need to arrange their own transport. They can bring up to 12 group members, plus any adult youth workers who are needed to meet care requirements and who would like to participate.

The three day field school will be repeated six times on the following dates:

July 2017

Week 1
  • Monday 17th – Wednesday 19th
  • Wednesday 19th – Friday 21st
  • Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd
Week 2
  • Monday 24th – Wednesday 26th
  • Wednesday 26th – Friday 28th
  • Friday 28th – Sunday 30th

Each field school will take the following daily format:

  • Group arrive 09:40
  • Activity 10:00 – 10:55
  • Break 11:00 to 11:15
  • Activity 11:20 – 12:25
  • Lunch 12:30 to 13:20
  • Activity 13:30 – 14:25
  • Break 14:30 to 14:45
  • Activity 14:50 – 15:45
  • Group leaves 16:00

How it’ll work


Each 3 day school will accept up to 12 participants, not including youth leaders/workers.
Participants will be split into groups of three and each group assigned the same two archaeology students for the duration.
We will be flexible about organisation, taking into account the needs of participants, but will try to keep a high ratio of supporting students to participants.
Adult volunteers will have PVG scheme membership, first aid and child protection training.


The school will use locations in Pittencrieff Park as well as the Abbey Graveyard and the Carnegie Museum and Library.
Outdoor sites will all be securely fenced off, but visible and approachable to the public.
Each site will have additional staff to oversee activities.
All sites are on level or gently sloping ground and present few accessibility problems.
Public toilets are available in Pittencrieff Park and the Museum and Library.
YAC members aged 8-15 will be working on the graveyard site at least some of the time.