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- HER number: MEL9534
- Site Name: Newfarm, Dalkeith
- Grid Reference: 334734 668883
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- Summary: Prehistoric features and a medieval / post-medieval boundary ditch.
- Description: (1) In May to July 2006, CFA Archaeology Ltd undertook an excavation at Newfarm, Dalkeith, in advance of the A68 Dalkeith Northern Bypass. Two areas were excavated. Trench 1, adjacent to Salters Road, revealed a range of buildings of 19th century date. These are thought to have been a workshop rather than domestic. Trench 2 revealed prehistoric features, and a medieval / post-medieval land boundary.
A group of prehistoric features contained some pottery, and in some cases, deposits of heated stones. One feature contained prehistoric cord-impressed ceramics which may belong to the later Neolithic or earlier Bronze Age. The most substantial feature within Trench 2 was a linear ditch. Artefacts recovered from the ditch fills suggest a later medieval or post-medieval date. The line of the ditch is shown on two maps dating to the 18th century, but by the time of James Knox's map of 1812 the ditch appears to have gone out of use.
- For more information contact: MidLothian Council HER
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- Article in serial: Cameron, K; Cressey, M; Duwell, A; Mitchell, S; Rees, A; Strachan, R and Suddaby, I. 2010. Excavations on the Route of the Dalkeith Northern Bypass, 1994-95 and 2006.
- (1) Unpublished document: Suddaby, I et al. 2007. A68 Upgrading; Dalkeith Northern Bypass, East Lothian / Midlothian: Archaeological Evaluation, Excavations, & Designed Landscape Recording.