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Ardnamurchan Transitions Project (ATP)
Sun, 30 Jul 2017, 19:00 – Sat, 19 Aug 2017, 22:00 BST
This is a project interested in social change throughout history and prehistory in this stunning part of Western Scotland. This summer we will be working in the beautiful Swordle Bay, undertaking excavations of a fantastic multi-period ritual landscape. Our work will either focus on a complex of Bronze Age funerary sites or at the Iron Age promotory fort of Dun Murchaidh. Our work at both sites has found extraordinary archaeology; the Bronze Age site is a complex of cremations and ring ditch features, whilst the Iron Age site has some unprecedented evidence for metal working in a location that is likely to be ritualized. We will also be undertaking test pitting to discover other uses of the landscape over time, and we will be undertaking a topographic survey of a Neolithic chambered cairn and Bronze Age kerb cairn. However for the duration of the dig we will do so much more….We hope to provide students with a detailed training both in core archaeological field skills and in thinking about how these are tied in with archaeological theory. Students will also have the opportunity to work with archaeologists from a wide range of backgrounds and find out more about what various careers in archaeology are like and how to follow such career paths. We are a small project and all students who attend will be integral to what we do. Consequently students will be given full training but also key responsibilities – and in the end we hope those who attend will leave feeling less like an archaeology student and more like an archaeologist.