Auldhame / Seacliff, Seacliffe
- HER number: MEL1943
- Site Name: Auldhame / Seacliff, Seacliffe
- Grid Reference: 360185 684725
- Civil Parish:
- Monument Type:
- Promontory Fort (Iron Age, Late Prehistoric, Prehistoric)
- Boundary Ditch
- Summary: Iron Age promontory fort
- Description: NT68SW 30 6016 8473.
Information to follow.
RCAHMS (KB) 1 March 2000
NT68SW 30 6016 8473.
(1) A possible promontory fort was noted here presumably from aerial photographs. There was no evidence for a fort at this location, however see also NT 6015 8480.
Site recorded by GUARD during the Coastal Assessment Survey for Historic Scotland, 'The Firth of Forth from Dunbar to the Coast of Fife' 26th February 1996.
(2) NT 6016 8476 An archaeological excavation and survey were undertaken between February and July 2005 after the discovery of human remains following ploughing. Following collection of these remains, test pitting and surface stripping of the affected area, the remains of an estimated 200 graves were identified. Due to the possibility of further damage to the graves it was decided that remains at risk from further damage should be rescued. During this process it became apparent that there were more graves than originally noted, resulting in 260 individual skeletons being recovered with at least a further 66 identified skeletons deemed safe and left in situ. Very little dating evidence was recovered from the graves, but possible dates may be attributed to the 9th or 10th centuries and later.
Excavation also revealed the remains of a stone building likely to be a small church or chapel showing three phases of construction. No physical dating evidence was found but comparisons with other such structures may suggest a date as early as the 9th century.
A large ditch running NW¿SE across the southern edge of the site was partly excavated, but again no dating evidence was recovered. Limited examination showed that this ditch had been altered during its lifetime. It is possible that the ditch had its origins within later prehistory when it may have formed part of a promontory fort, and was altered when the site changed to ecclesiastical use.
A number of smaller features, such as pits and ditches, were located around the peripheries of the site and were seen to extend beyond the site boundaries. A limited amount of pottery was recovered from these features.
Archive to be deposited in NMRS.
E Hindmarch 2005
- For more information contact: East Lothian Council HER
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- Digital archive: Crone, A. & Hindmarch E. 2015. Living and dying at Auldhame, East Lothian: The excavation of an Anglian monastic settlement and medieval parish church.
- Digital archive: Crone, A. & Hindmarch E. 2017. Auldhame.
- : Hindmarch, E. 2008. 'Auldhame 2008, East Lothian (Whitekirk and Tyninghame parish), walkover and survey', Discovery Excav Scot, New Series, Vol. 9, 2008, p. 65, Cathedral Communications Limited, Wiltshire, England.. 65.
- Bibliographic reference: Hindmarch, E. 2005d. 'Auldhame (Whitekirk and Tyninghame parish), Early christian cemetery', Discovery Excav Scot, vol.6, 2005. 57-8.
- (1) Unpublished document: James, H F. 1996. Coastal Assessment Survey: The Firth of Forth from Dunbar to the Border of Fife. 224.
- (2) Unpublished document: Hindmarch, E. 2005. Auldhame, East Lothian: Human Remains Call Off.
- (3) Unpublished document: Moore, H and Wilson, G. 2006. Report on Coastal Zone Assessment Survey: East Lothian and Scottish Borders. site 87.
- (4) Digital archive: Hindmarch, E. 2008. Auldhame, East Lothian 2008: Human Remains Call Off.
- (4) Unpublished document: Hindmarch, E. 2008. Auldhame, East Lothian 2008: Human Remains Call Off.