Archaeology Volunteer

Archaeology Volunteer

What is an archaeological volunteer?

There is a range of tasks that can be undertaken on an archaeological excavation, fieldwalk or survey. These vary from the well-known digging with trowels, spades and so on, to explaining the site to the public or washing finds, holding a tape measure and watching for finds in the barrows. They allow us to explore and record the unwritten traces of our past.

What’s in it for you?

  • Meet new and interesting people
  • Explore parts of Falkirk’s historical environment often inaccessible
  • Learn more about the area and its past
  • Learn new techniques and the logic of a dig
  • Increase your self-confidence
  • Improve your communication skills
  • Have fun
  • Discover artefacts that were last seen hundreds of years ago

What’s involved?

  • Tasks can be tailored to the individual’s abilities or commitment.
  • Much of the work is outdoors and at different times of the year.

Skills, Attitude, and Experience Required

  • An interest in history of archaeology is preferable. Skills will be taught on site.
  • For insurance purposes we are not able to take people under 16 years of age.

Other important information

Location Falkirk Council area.

Time: Commitment Flexible – any help contributes to the bigger project, even a few hours. It is not necessary to be on every excavation.

Contact: Geoff Bailey, Heritage Engagement officer
01324 503783

Training: Volunteers will be taught how to recognise different types of soil, structures, stratigraphy and how to interpret them. They will also be shown how to handle the different tools required on an excavation and rudimentary recording,

Expenses: We are unable to reimburse any expenses

How to apply

Please complete the online application form here.

If you require a hard copy, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at or phone 01324 503 614.

This role is purely voluntary and this arrangement is not meant to be a legally binding one or an employment contract.

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