Onsite archaeology events in Scotland: spring and summer 2021

15 March 2021
Pobull Fhinn, North Uist
A round-up of archaeology digs and events taking place in Scotland between July and September 2021.

Scotland Digs 2021, 21 June - 22 September

During this campaign from DigItScotland, he public will have the chance to visit, and in some cases participate in, fieldwork in locations such as Orkney, North Ayrshire, Dumfries & Galloway and East Lothian – no experience required. In addition, plans are currently being finalised for further investigations in the Highlands and Shetland.

Dig It!, which advertises archaeology events throughout the year, is coordinated by the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and primarily funded by Historic Environment Scotland.


Battle Hill, Huntly, 5 – 16 July

Rampart Scotland present a new season of archaeology at Battle Hill, Huntly, which has a variety of previously unmapped prehistoric sites including Mesolithic, Neolithic and Bronze Age lithic scatters, a possible Iron Age hillfort, and a 3000 year old upstanding hut circle as well as a potential Neolithic/Bronze Age cairn.

This is the 20th season on a dig that has produced twelve archaeological reports, and will be led by Dr Murray Cook, in partnership with Aberdeenshire Council. Cost: £850 including food, accommodation and transport to and from the site. Open to students and volunteers. For details, e-mail or visit the Rampart Scotland website

Festival of Archaeology, 17 July – 1 August

The Council for British Archaeology present their annual Festival of Archaeology, a UK-wide celebration of archaeology with digs, talks, online events, site visits and Q&As. Registration launches in April and you can find out more at the festival website.

King’s Park Fort, Stirling, 15 – 29 August

Rampart Scotland returns to Stirling’s King’s Park Fort, Scotland’s oldest and best-preserved royal park. The project will be run by Dr Murray Cook with ‘relaxed and easy going’ training. Open to students and volunteers - £300 or £50 a day (no minimum attendance requirement). E-mail or visit the Rampart Scotland website

The Early Peoples of Galloway, 4 September

The Early Peoples of Galloway is a one-day conference studying the peoples who inhabited what is now Greater Galloway during the ten thousand years between the retreat of the glaciers and the year 1000 AD. Experts from a variety of fields will explore the story of these immigrants, their identities, cultures and languages and their impacts and legacies over successive centuries.

Runs 10am – 5pm. Tickets £30/ student £20. See the programme and book here.

CatStrand, New Galloway, Castle Douglas DG7 3RN

Lindisfarne dig, 7 to 26 September *outside Scotland

Help DigVentures unearth evidence of life at the heart of the early medieval kingdom of Northumbria, before, during and after the Viking raids. In season six of this dig, you can choose to join the Dig Team, conserve artefacts with the Finds Team, or even bring the kids to DigCamp or DigClub. There will also be virtual tours, talks and events during the dig period. Check the DigVentures website

Please check with the event organiser before travelling, as events may be subject to cancellation due to Covid-19 restrictions.