Sieving in the graveyard

Volunteer to help run the school

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We are on the lookout for students of archaeology willing to share their experience with participants of the field school and each other.

Students with fieldwork experience can sign up for one or, more ideally, the full two weeks of the field school. We are happy to sign-off fieldwork for undergraduates if applicable.

In a little more detail, here is why you should think about volunteering two weeks of your time this summer.


  • Fragmented clay tobacco pipe Free board and lodging.
  • No participation fees.
  • Contribute to archaeological research into aspects of Dunfermline’s more recent past;
  • Help local young folk to experience some real archaeology;
  • Gain marketable experience of community archaeology at little cost;
  • Interesting and unusual sites to work on:
    • 18th century dovecot;
    • 17th – 19th century graveyard.


  • Broken long boneWorking with and guiding small groups of young folk;
    • Two of you to three participants;
    • Making sure participants are fed and happy;
    • Helping ensure that participants are engaged and enjoying activities.
  • Activities to include:
    • Use of documentary sources and field survey to inform project research questions and methodology;
    • Application of planning and measured drawing techniques before and during excavation;
    • Setting out of trenches and deturfing;
    • Excavation;
    • Recognising and recording features;
    • Recording and processing of finds;
    • Chance to get involved with post-excavation work;
    • Public engagement.


  • Students will have received two weeks of useful fieldwork and some community archaeology that will look good on any CV;
  • Participants will have experienced and learned novel applications of existing and new skills;
  • The project will feed research results into the national Scotlands’ Urban Past project, using the Urban Detective scheme;
  • Everyone gets to make new friends and have a great time.