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- HER number: MEL11593
- Site Name: Roslin
- Grid Reference: 327205 663889
- Civil Parish:
- Summary: Linear features and former building remains recorded during evaluation
- Description: (1) Canmore Event ID 1024721 (RECORDING/EXCAVATION):
NT 27290 63712 (NT26SE 1) An evaluation, metal detector survey and small excavation were undertaken, 24?27 November 2015, on the site of the former Roslin Institute in advance of redevelopment of the site for housing. The evaluation covered 5% of the 2.5ha site and 23 trenches were
excavated within the accessible area. A total of 27 sherds of medieval pottery were recovered from a small feature in Trench 9 which was then extended. The subsequent excavation uncovered an extensive linear feature which split to form two termini at the northern extent along with three small pits and modern field drains. The linear feature may
represent the truncated base of a ditch.
Archive: NRHE (intended)
Funder: Ironside Farrar
Alan Hunter Blair ? GUARD Archaeology Ltd
(Source: DES, Volume 17)
(2) In August and September 2015, GUARD undertook a metal detecting survey and trial trench evaluation in land at the former Roslin Institute prior to its redevelopment for housing. The development site lies within the Inventory Battlefield site of the Battle of Roslin. A number of archaeological features were recorded during the evaluation, including linear ditches for former drainage or field boundaries and a demolished wall of probable late 19th/early 20th century date, likely to be the remains of a rectangular building depicted on the Ordnance Survey 1907 map. Other features included the remains of concrete flooring possibly asscociated with a former recreation ground annotated on the Ordnance Survey 1907 map, or alternatively, the flooring may relate to former buildings asscociated with the Roslin Institute. A curvilinear feature was identified which produced numerous fragments of white gritty ware and animal bone. No finds directly associated with the battlefield site were identified, but artefacts recovered from the survey include a buckle of probable 16th/17th date, and a carpenter's wood carving axe.
Note: Location for monument moved to evaluation area. This is different to the Canmore point record.
- For more information contact: MidLothian Council HER
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- Digital archive: Hunter Blair, A. 2015. The Roslin Institute: Archaeological Evaluation.
- Spatial Representation Source: Hunter Blair, A. 2015. The Roslin Institute: Archaeological Evaluation shapefiles.
- (1) Machine readable data file: Historic Environment Scotland. 2018. Extract from HES Canmore database. 354903.
- (2) Unpublished document: Hunter Blair, A. 2015. The Roslin Institute: Archaeological Evaluation Data Structure Report.