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Archaeology Service

The Loth StoneEast Lothian has a wealth of archaeological remains spanning from Scotland’s oldest hunter-gatherer house dating to the 8300 BC period through to more recent Second World War remains.

The East Lothian Council Archaeology Service provides archaeological and historical information and advice for both East Lothian and Midlothian. We are also involved in promoting the rich archaeological and historical heritage of East Lothian through events and interpretation projects.

You can explore the Historic Environment Record (archaeology database catalogue) for Midlothian and East Lothian on this website using the Search box above, exploring the Heritage Map search. For tips on using the map, look here.

To find out more about the Archaeology Service and what we do, click here.

6 thoughts on “Archaeology Service”

  1. Fiona Keightley says:

    I am interested in becoming involved in the St Martin’s Church dig and wondered if there were any volunteering opportunities? I have done a lot of digging before and always like a local dig.

    1. HanitaR says:

      Hi Fiona,
      Thanks for your interest. It would be great if you could email [email protected]
      Someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

  2. ROBERT QUINN says:

    Could you give me any info on the dig at the road past Scatraw .Thank you

    1. Stephanie Leith says:

      The dig is part of long-running works associated with the quarry. The dig is ongoing at the moment, but so far they have found settlement remains dating to the Iron Age. Once the fieldwork is finished and the results analysed, the project will be published, and it is likely to feature in our Archaeology Conference in Nov 2017.

  3. HelenB says:

    Hi Richard – that’s very interesting. I’ve passed your query on to the Archaeology team. In the meantime, have you looked at the map on this website? I’ve had a quick look and can’t see anything that seems specifically Roman, although there are cropmarks around there, so it was obviously a populated area even before the Romans. Have a look on the map here: The purple marks are all links to Archaeology records – click on them to see the record further down the page.
    You can also layer historic maps over this – double click on the 3 white dots on the left frame of the map, and choose your historic map!

  4. Richard Budniak says:

    Dear Sir,
    I have just been looking at an aerial photograph of Redcoll Lodge; the house in which I was born. The photograph was in the lodge for many years but yesterday I decided to cut it down to an A4 size and noticed the outline of buildings in the field on the opposite side of the road running between Gladsmuir and Longniddry. My father often brought home Roman coins which he would find in the fields round about and I wondered if these buildings could be Roman remains or earlier. I know there was a standing stone in the fields at Redcoll Farm Known as “Standing Stone Shot” which was removed many years ago probably dating back to the period of the Gododdin or the Votadini. Having looked at an old map of the area there is no sign of this building shown. Just thought you might be interested.


    Richard Budniak

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