For over six years, the Strathearn Environs and Royal Forteviot (SERF) project has been investigating a rich archaeological landscape in the heart of Scotland. The project has uncovered over 4,000 years of occupation, from the creation of large ritual monuments during the early prehistoric period, through the emergence of a Pictish royal centre, to post-Medieval historical land-use.
In 2013 the SERF project will be focusing their attentions around the village of Dunning in Perthshire. Traces within the fields around Dunning indicate a significant prehistoric ceremonial complex, which will be a target for excavation. Within the village, explorations will continue to uncover the remains of its history, from the Early Medieval period through to the present day.
The SERF project offers participation and high quality training in a range of essential archaeological field techniques including excavation, topographic survey, landscape recording and artefact handling through a field school run by the University of Glasgow. The field school is open to all, including absolute beginners (no age restrictions).
The cost of participation includes formal training, evening lectures, field trips, transport from Glasgow, and single room accommodation at PerthCollege. Undergraduate credits are also available. Limited volunteer spaces on the project are available only for local residents of Perthshire.