Pittencrieff Field School 2019 Blog: First week impressions

A Video by Rhiann

I had a fantastic time at the Pittencrieff Field School 2019! As an archaeology student, I wanted to gain some experience of working in the field during my summer break from university. The Pittencrieff Field School offered the perfect opportunity to do so. I learned a variety of skills – all of which are vital for a successful career in archaeology. These skills ranged from excavation work such as trowelling and mattocking; recording techniques such as plan drawing, section drawing and photography; and post-excavation processing, such as cleaning, sorting and photographing finds.

The site itself was extremely interesting too – In the heart of the city of Dunfermline and filled with some truly amazing finds. This presented the perfect learning opportunity as I was given the chance to work with a variety of different materials and artefacts. I even got the chance to visit one of my favourite historical places in Scotland; the Scottish Crannog Centre!  To top it all off, I was lucky to have attended the field school with a great group of people – all of whom were knowledgeable, helpful and up for a laugh too! 

Overall, the Pittencrieff Field School 2019 was a delight to attend and gave me a great introduction to archaeological field work. Although I could only attend the first week of the field school, it has already opened up other work opportunities for me as a studying archaeologist. I would like to thank Mark and the team for giving me such a great first working experience, and I look forward to possibly working with them again in the future! I also created a video of my time at the field school.