Join archaeological excavations at Pittarthie Castle this summer

16 June 2023
Pittarthie Castle. Copyright James Allan, Geograph Project
Petardy Historic Landscape Project invite volunteers to join their archaeological investigations in the gardens of Pittarthie Castle in Fife during three open days.

Petardy Historic Landscape Project is a community archaeology project exploring the history of occupational and environmental change at the present site of Pittarthie Farm in east Fife, Scotland. 

Three open days have been set aside for members of the public to come and join in with the project at Pittarthie Farm, where the team will be continuing archaeological investigations in the gardens of the Pittarthie Castle, seeking to better understand the area.

Volunteers will be given a tour of the historical area before lunch, followed by the opportunity to excavate the gardens, engage in archaeological analysis, and assist in a geophysical survey of the surrounding area. 

Open days will run on:

  • 28 June
  • 5 July
  • 12 July

To apply to take part, please send an email including the day(s) that you would like to come along, as well as the numbers for your party. The team will aim to respond to all inquiries within two working days.

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Pittarthie Castle

Pittarthie Castle, located four miles northwest of Anstruther is a ruined 16th-century towerhouse built for James Moneypenny of Pitmilly, possibly on the site of an earlier structure.

In 1882, it was described by historian Francis Hindes Groome as “a roofless ruin in the southwest of the [Dunino] parish, partly very ancient ... partly a structure of 1653; and in its oldest portion consists of a large square tower, with vaults beneath”.

Find out more about Petardy Historic Landscape Project on their website.