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Musselburgh, Park Lane
- HER number: MEL2384
- Site Name: Musselburgh, Park Lane
- Grid Reference: 334999 672200
- Civil Parish:
- Summary: Ditches and rampart, possible granary building, and ring ditch
- Description: NT37SE 109 350 722
(1) NT 350 722 Excavation was carried out prior to the redevelopment of Park Lane Hospital, Musselburgh. Trial Excavations had identified an area within the proposed development site as being of archaeological interest. The excavation uncovered the partial remains of a probable ring- groove house and a post-built structure, perhaps to be interpreted as a Roman civilian granary, attached to a curvilnear post-pit arrangement. Various ditches, the remains of a possible rampart and a number of features of unknown date and function were also recorded. The ground plan of the putative granary is a slightly splayed rectangle, measuring c8.5m by c7m, and is composed of deeply-set posts on a dense grid system. The density of posts indicates the presence of a raised floor designed to support a considerable weight.
The series of ditches and possible rampart may be part of a narrow enclosure around the granary and its associated curvilinear post-pit arrangement. They may however be of completely different date.
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T Neighbour 1995.
(2) Trial trenching, by CFA, 750m E of Inveresk Roman fort revealed seven closely set rows of post holes, 8.5m by c.7m overall, supporting a timber-framed structure most closely resembling a store-building or granary, attached to a curving fence-line; no dating evidence was recovered. Nearby, a triple-ditched feature of uncertain date and function was aligned NW-SE.
L J F Keppie 1996
(5-6) A letter written by Mike Bishop and a subsequent article suggesting a reinterpretation of the timber-framed structure as a possible Roman amphitheatre for Inveresk Fort.
- For more information contact: East Lothian Council HER
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- Bibliographic reference: Bishop, M. C. (ed.).. 2002. Roman Inveresk past, present and future: papers from a seminar held at the National Museum of Scotland on Wednesday 8th December 1999..
- (1) Bibliographic reference: Neighbour, T. 1995e. 'Park Lane Hospital, Musselburgh (Inveresk parish), ring-groove house and putative Roman civilian granary', Discovery Excav Scot 1995, p.49. 49. Fig 21.
- (2) Bibliographic reference: Keppie, L J F. 1996. 'Roman Britain in 1995. I. Sites explored. 2. Scotland', , Britannia Vol. 27 1996, p.396-405. 402. fig.7.
- (3) Bibliographic reference: Keppie, L J F. 1998. 'Roman Britain in 1997. 1. Sites explored. 2. Scotland', Britannia Vol. 29 1998, p.376-381. 381.
- (4) Unpublished document: Musselburgh Museum Committee. 2005. Exhibition Guide: The Roman Story in Inveresk and Musselburgh.