Kildavie, Isle of Mull, Scotland

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In the fall of 2016 I joined HARP (Heritage and Archaeology Research Practice) on the Inner Hebrides islands off the west coast of Scotland. The HARP team was excavating the remains of the settlement of Kildavie (Scots gaelic: Cill Da Bhide) which was occupied in the 17th and 18th centuries before its full abandonment. Sixteen buildings have already been identified on the site, these are mainly domestic dwellings but may include locations of cottage industry.

Initial investigations of the site were conducted by the local Mull Archaeology Interest Group (MAIG) before HARP came on board to conduct full scale excavations in 2014 and 2015. The 2016 season was run as a field school to instruct both university students and interested members of the local community in archaeological excavation, recording and conservation of local heritage. The focus was on two structures in the main Kildavie settlement, with several additional test pits placed to explore the site’s total use and the possibility of earlier occupation.

Kildavie is situated close to the village of Dervaig towards the northwest of the Isle of Mull. The island is well known for its quaint villages, beautiful maritime scenery and the wonderful Tobermory distillery (located not far from the excavation site!). More information on the excavation and the island can be found on these sites:

HARP official webpage

Archaeology Scotland: Kildavie

Isle of Mull: official webpage

Kildavie Structure 4 2014
Photo credit: HARP – Kildavie Structure 4