Border - Crawford - Inveresk (?)
- HER number: MEL4960
- HER number: MEL8160
- Site Name: Border - Crawford - Inveresk (?)
- Grid Reference: 320049 659999
- Civil Parish:
- Monument Type:
- Road (Iron Age, Late Prehistoric, Late Iron Age, Prehistoric, Roman)
- Summary: Probable course of Roman road
- Description: NT26SW 59 from 2005 6000 to 2499 6377 RR 1.
Formerly RR 7g.
The course of the Roman road across this sheet is probably largely overlain by the modern A702. Its immediate destination is uncertain, but it may originally have led to the fort at Elginhaugh (NT36NW 61) by way of the camp at Flotterstone (NT26SW 33, at NT 232 627).
I D Margary 1957; RCAHMS 1988.
NT 2005 6000 - NT 2242 6175 Modern road on probable course of Roman road.
NT 2242 6175 - NT 2499 6377 No trace.
Visited by OS (WDJ) February 1970.
NMRS REPORT DATE: 17/08/2004
(1) In March 2013 Addyman Archaeology carried out an archaeological watching brief on part of the excavations relating to the laying of a new water pipe. Such works falls under the category of permitted development and therefore planning permission was not required. However, as the pipeline crosses the projected route of a Roman road, Midlothian Council recommended that an archaeologist be present during the excavations, which the Braidlaw community kindly agreed to.
The majority of the trench did not contain any deposits of interest. However, broadly in line with visible remains of a road or trackway, a stone feature around 0.7m wide was encountered 0.35m below the surface. The large sub-rounded stones did not form a coherent structure and contained no bonding material. Directly to the southeast was a moderately compact deposit containing a large number of small to medium angular stones, associated with a discrete deposit of clay. The large stones would appear to form an edge or revetment, most probably to an early road or track as it rises to a bridge allowing it to cross a watercourse. There was no evidence for the opposite side of the track which may have been removed during construction of a modern road which lies above it. No artefacts or other dating evidence was encountered to indicate the date for this roadway.
A metalled surface had been recorded along the line of the Roman road during excavations in 1966 at nearby Walstone (MEL8025), and was interpreted as distinctly non-Roman. The lack of detailed description of the surface at Walstone did not allow for comparison with the Braidwood finding.
- For more information contact: MidLothian Council HER
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- (1) Digital archive: Morrison, J. 2013. New Mains, Braidwood, Penicuik: Archaeological Watching Brief.
- (1) Unpublished document: Morrison, J. 2013. New Mains, Braidwood, Penicuik: Archaeological Watching Brief.