Archaeology volunteers undertake surveys and assist with excavations at a range of archaeological sites in the Callander area. With such a rich variety of archaeology in Callander there is something for everyone. Volunteers will help us to update existing information about these sites and may even make new discoveries of their own!

You can read more here about our most recent archaeological volunteering project in Leny Woods.

What does it take to become an archaeology volunteer?

Enthusiasm, commitment, and a willingness to get muddy are more important than specific skills and experience. Good local knowledge of the Callander area and its history might be beneficial, but the training sessions will cover all the basics of archaeological method.

Benefits of volunteering with us

Volunteers contribute to the local heritage of Callander by surveying, recording, and excavating archaeological sites of local – and national – significance. You will develop skills enabling you to undertake further surveys with confidence. You will meet like-minded people and learn about the vibrant heritage of Callander.

Where?

Some training will be delivered at an indoor location in the centre of Callander, but much of this role will involve work outdoors. Usually you will be asked to make your own way to the start point of a project, which may be relatively remote. There may be some occasions where transport is provided if working out with the town area. Travel expenses can be reimbursed for public transport and mileage up to a maximum of £10 a day.

When?

Some archaeological activities are seasonal but there are opportunities all year round. Surveys are best undertaken in the early spring while vegetation remains low. Excavations are best undertaken in the summer months (April – September). Desk-based research can take place throughout the year.

What to wear and bring

You will need to bring outdoor clothing suitable for the weather conditions on the day. You will need to bring your own packed lunch and hot drinks.  Any additional requirements will be advised in the event description.

Training

Training sessions will be offered in all aspects of this role, covering desk-based assessments, walkover surveys, measured surveys, excavations, and more.

Volunteer Commitment

Some training sessions will be structured two-day or four-day courses in which attendance on each day is mandatory. Other parts of the role, such as excavations, will be more flexible.

Who will offer supervision?

Support is provided by the Volunteering and Activities Officer. In addition, volunteers will be required to follow the National Park Authority’s Lone and Remote Working Procedure.

Our most recent archaeology volunteering project in Leny Woods has now come to an end. You can read more about this here. More information on signing up to take part in our next project or if you have any questions, please contact 01389 727 723 or ross.crawford@lochlomond-trossachs.org