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Life at the field school

All volunteers are responsible for getting themselves to and from Dunfermline, but living costs whilst staying are covered. Please let us know your travel dates and times.

We have a budget for all meals, tea, coffee, juice and snacks for the duration of the field school both for volunteers and participants. Volunteers will share responsibility for food shopping and preparation. Last year we bought cold meat, cheese, rolls, wraps, crisps, etc. for lunch and allowed participants to help themselves.

There will be a fridge and two ring hob for cooking in Pittencrieff House. Dishes, bowls, cutlery, etc will be provided.

There is a toilet/wash room in Pittencrieff House, we hope to be able to use showers at the local sports centre. We will offer clothes washes as necessary.

Running the school

Firstly, we have built in time to work onsite between field schools to allow volunteers time to focus on their own skills development and maintain the rate of progress.


Participants are unlikely to have any previous archaeological experience. Gloves, trowels, etc are provided for everyone, though feel free to bring your own tools if you wish. Participants will only be carrying out light excavation with trowels, any heavier work being carried out by student volunteers.


The purpose of the excavation is the discovery and recording of lost grave stones and associated structural features. We do not excavate to burial depth. However, the site has high concentrations of small finds that include spreads of fragmented human and animal bone, industrial, domestic and structural waste dating from the medieval to modern periods.

We have an indoor facility in which to clean, process and study finds, including the bone recovered.


We have a plane table, dumpy levels, drawing frames, etc for basic planning and hope to borrow a total station for at least part of the time. We maintain a site plan as well as making measured drawings of individual gravestones, trench plans and sections.