Cow-horns, Cooking Pots and Ceramics - community archaeology project results published!

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A Community Archaeology Project comprising a fieldwork training session, and the excavation of five test pits in gardens around Linlithgow High Street was carried out by GUARD Archaeology Limited over the weekend of 14th- 16th September 2018.

During the weekend-long investigation more than twenty local volunteers were able to take part in the fieldwork training session and participate in the test pit excavation, with more people visiting the site and expressing an interest.

The principle funders were the National Lottery Heritage Fund, LEADER and West Lothian Council.

The investigations revealed several ceramic fragments dating to the medieval and late-medieval period.

One of the finds - some medieval green glaze pottery from Yorkshire

One of the finds - some medieval green glaze pottery from Yorkshire

The most relevant finds included a ceramic fragment from Yorkshire, a fragment of Scottish white ware cooking pot rim and Scottish red ware jug base fragment. Two cow horns were also recovered from a test pit which could be associated with local leather working industries.

In addition to the test pitting a post-excavation training session was conducted on the 22nd of November 2018.

The full report on the dig, the artefacts found and the training and learning opportunities created can be found here.

Click above to download the report in PDF format.

Click above to download the report in PDF format.