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The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, September 30 2014 4:00 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated September 30, 2014

Kildavie Archaeological Excavation

HARP intends to produce an eBook and report on the findings of excavation of the 18th century settlement, Kildavie, on the isle of Mull

Kildavie Archaeological Excavation

HARP intends to produce an eBook and report on the findings of excavation of the 18th century settlement, Kildavie, on the isle of Mull

£638
pledged of £1,500pledged of £1,500 goal
18
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, September 30 2014 4:00 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated September 30, 2014

About

We are running a Field School on the Isle of Mull in September 2014. The Field School will consist of 2 weeks excavation at the abandoned settlement of Kildavie.  The site possibly dates back to the Early Medieval period, and was inhabited until the 18th Century before being abandoned, with many villagers leaving Scotland for North America.

The Field School will be providing an opportunity for students to learn valuable skills and excavation techniques that will help them in their future career as archaeologists.  Alongside this we will be working with volunteers from the local Mull Archaeology Interest Group to help local community members get involved with their local heritage, and become actively involved with archaeology by training them with new skills.

Previous research has identified at least sixteen structures at the settlement, ranging from domestic dwellings to possible sites of cottage industry. The excavation aims to investigate the origins of the site, and to determine the function/use of the buildings. The site has been investigated by the Mull Archaeological Interest Group for the past few years, with extensive survey and limited excavation. Participants in the field school will learn about the history of Kildavie, along with being taught how to carry out desk-based and historical research into the site and its inhabitants. This will be followed by the opportunity to excavate two of the buildings on the site , where it is hoped that the origins of the site will be determined. All participants will learn how to excavate to a professional archaeological standard as well as how to record the remains by way of technical drawing and photography. Alongside this participants will play a key role in public engagement and will learn about community archaeology, with the opportunity to work with volunteers from the Mull Archaeological Interest Group.

We will providing a free public open day to let members of the public see an archaeological excavation in action, and will be providing guided tours and information stands for the site and the artefacts that have been uncovered.  Towards the end of the project we will also be providing a free public lecture about the field school and what we have found.

The funds we are raising for the project will help to fulfil the project goals as well as providing the local community with an engaging open day and lecture.  Funds will be used to help analyse the artefacts that we uncover and provide the opportunity to produce a report and ebook on the excavation.  Your help with funding will therefore be helping students and local community members to learn how to be an archaeologist; help us to engage with the local community with the things that we find; and take this further afield with the production of an ebook at the end of the project.

*UPDATE*

We are now into the final few hours of our funding drive and may not quite reach our target. To keep informed on how the project progresses in the future or if you would still like to back our project please contact us at harparchaeology@gmail.com, or visit our website at www.harparchaeology.co.uk for more information.

Risks and challenges

As with all archaeological projects, the main challenge we face is not knowing what we will find until we start digging. Analysis of artefacts and scientific dating of remains can be costly, which is why we are endeavouring to raise as much funding as possible. Weather is a key factor in any excavation, but we mitigate against that by planning appropriately with the equipment and shelters that we take with us to site, to ensure that all aspects of the dig run smoothly. And most importantly we always ensure that our training team is the right group to carry out the project and make sure that both the students and volunteers get the most out of their time on the project.

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    Pledge £10 or more About $13

    For your contribution to the project you will receive a digital image of the excavation team along with a video message showing the team at work in the field and a message of thanks.

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    You will receive the video message as above plus two 5x7 colour photographs, one of the excavation team and one of part of the excavation in process. The photos will be sent directly to you.

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    Pledge £25 or more About $32

    You will receive the video message as detailed above along with an official excavation T-shirt that will have an image of the site on the front. The T-shirt will be sent directly to you.

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    You will receive the video message and two colour photographs as detailed above, as well as a digital copy (on disc) of the eBook of the excavation.

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    You will receive the video message, two photographs and eBook as detailed above, as well as a bound copy of the site report for the excavation.

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