Building History

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Archaeology and Construction Skills Initiative

The Idea

Building History is a skills initiative for both the construction and archaeology sectors. The aim is to introduce archaeology to colleges that teach construction, while bringing construction experience into universities that teach archaeology. This knowledge will hopefully enable the future workforce to work better together and appreciate the value and practice of the other.


Partnership working is at the heart of this project with involvement from organisations including the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre, Forth Valley College, University of Stirling, Scottish Funding Council, Historic Environment Scotland, the British Archaeological Jobs Resource, the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists, the National Trust for Scotland and Dig It! 2017 (coordinated by Archaeology Scotland and the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland). Collaboration between the archaeology and construction sectors addresses a number of policies, in particular Scotland’s Economic Strategy, Our Place in Time and Scotland’s Archaeology Strategy.

The Pilot Project

Over a long weekend, Friday 15 to Monday 18 September (during Scottish Archaeology Month in the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology), we helped to run a pilot project for archaeology and construction students. The archaeology students underwent some construction training and the construction students received an introduction to archaeology. Students then worked together on a two-day survey and dig at the Dunmore Pineapple in Airth near Falkirk. The Construction Scotland Innovation Centre also hosted an open discussion between the construction and heritage sectors regarding enriching training provision and innovation in technology and practice.


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