Bronze Age Excavation

Student work placements at Bronze Age excavations in Perth

The UHI Archaeology Institute has 12 student work placements available on four Bronze Age sites in Perth.

The UHI Archaeology Institute is working with contractor BAM Nuttall to offer students work placements at the excavation of a suspected Bronze Age site in Perth.

Guard Archaeology Ltd will begin uncovering the site this month as part of preparation work for the construction of the Cross Tay Link Road in summer 2022.

The archaeological sites are being excavated by machines, and then hand dug for further investigations. During the hand-dug phase, BAM Nuttall identified a work-experience opportunity for 12 UHI archaeology students.

The excavation site.

Students based in Perth had priority for the placements, but it was open to the entire UHI network – a great opportunity to gain some professional experience working with a commercial archaeology unit. GUARD have a very good training record and this will greatly enhance students’ CVs.

Excavation by hand is due to begin on March 14, 2022. The main site is north of the Inveralmond Industrial Estate, west of the A9, opposite Denmarkfield, Perth.

Councillor Murray Lyle, leader of Perth & Kinross council, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for students to work on a live project to advance and support their studies.”

Dan Lee, Lifelong Learning and Outreach Archaeologist at the UHI Archaeology Institute, added: “Hands-on field experience for students is such an important part of their training and this vocational opportunity could well enhance future employment possibilities.”

The £118 million Cross Tay Link Road will create a new bridge over the River Tay just north of the Inveralmond Roundabout and a six-kilometre stretch of new road linking the A9 and the A94 just north of Scone.