Loch Torridon is set in one of Scotland’s most spectacular landscapes. A total of 14 early prehistoric sites, findspots and shell middens have been recorded here so far. We aim to increase that with your help. We are establishing a research-led field school where you will receive on-the-job research training in understanding landscapes and early prehistoric archaeological sites, their mapping, and survey techniques. We will focus on investigating salt marshes, river terraces and raised beaches located around the loch and hinterland, as well as conducting test pits in selected locations including rockshelters and shell middens.

We cater for all ranges of ability from people new to archaeology to those who would like to gain extra field expertise, or fancy getting to grips with the Scottish Mesolithic. The week-long school is based in Torridon and comprises an integrated mixture of fieldwork, workshops and specialist training with visits to key sites and some of the best pubs in Scotland! You will need to be able to spend long periods outdoors and be able to walk and work for extended periods.

September is usually a wonderful month in Scotland; however, we cannot guarantee it will not rain. We can though, guarantee the beauty of the landscape and the interesting archaeology.

The cost of the school is £675 for 5 nights / 6 days; this includes collection from the nearby train station, full board and lodging in a Youth hostel, all training and fieldtrips. The directors of the field school are Dr Andrew Bicket, Senior Archaeologist and Geoarchaeologist with Wessex Archaeology and a Visiting Fellow of Geoarchaeology at Loughborough University, and Dr Karen Hardy, research professor at ICREA, the Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies, in Barcelona, Spain. Both have an in depth knowledge of the region’s archaeology and landscapes from many years working here.

21 – 26 September 2015 inclusive.

Please contact the project for further details at: geoarchaeologyfieldschool@gmail.com

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