Southfield Road, Cousland
- HER number: MEL10173
- Site Name: Southfield Road, Cousland
- Grid Reference: 337794 668267
- Civil Parish:
- Monument Type:
- Settlement (Medieval)
- Ditch (Medieval)
- Pit (Medieval)
- Drain (Medieval)
- Well (Medieval)
- Summary: Extensive medieval settlement remains found during evaluation and excavation
- Description: (1) In October 2010, CFA Archaeology Ltd undertook a desk-based assessment and archaeological evaluation on a greenfield site in Cousland village, on Southfield Road. The proposed development site lies immediately to the south of Cousland Castle and a later walled garden. Eleven trenches were excavated, amounting to 595.5m2 (10% of the total development area). The evaluation revealed linear ditches, pits, stone drains and soil deposits containing exclusively medieval finds, where these can be dated.
(2) In January and February 2012 AOC Archaeology undertook an excavation at Cousland Castle, Midlothian ahead of a small residential development. The need for an excavation was a consequence of an evaluation conducted in 2010 by CFA Archaeology (CFA 2010) which had encountered a
number of features containing 12th-14th Century East Coast White Gritty pottery and animal bone.
The excavation revealed two adjacent north to south aligned ditches which were cut in the east by
a series of later pit features, a stone drain and a stone well. Further to the east lay further pit features.
The various features yielded a small assemblage of Medieval pottery, animal bone and oyster shell along with a copper alloy bowl.
- For more information contact: MidLothian Council HER
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- (1) Unpublished document: Gray, H and Suddaby, I. 2010. Cousland Housing, Cousland, Midlothian; Archaeological Desk-based Assessment and Evaluation.
- (2) Digital archive: Dunbar, L. 2012. Cousland castle Archaeological Excavation: Data Structure Report.