Monastic Scotland: History and Archaeology

This unique four-week Summer Study course offers students the opportunity to explore the history of medieval Scotland first-hand. In addition to classroom-based study of the history of medieval monasticism in Scotland, students will gain extensive hands-on training and experience in field excavation, lab-based bioarcheology, archival work, and cultural heritage management.

Thanks to an exciting new partnership between the University of St Andrews and Lindores Abbey Distillery, students will have the opportunity to participate in excavations at Lindores Abbey, a twelfth-century monastery with a tradition of distilling on the site dating back to the fifteenth century.

Our excavations are designed to examine the relationship between the abbey and its landscape, and particularly its relationship with and use of water. Investigations will include both the wider landscape of the abbey and the development of waterways, including the nearby River Tay and Loch of Lindores, and the use of water within the monastic precinct itself.

No prior excavation experience is necessary, and students will earn transferable St Andrews credit while studying with expert archaeologists and historians.

St Andrews Summer Study Brochure 2024 (PDF)

A lecturer speaks to group of students outoors, in front of the wall of a medieval structure.