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Just published! SAIR 79 and 80 now available

11th December 2018 | Categories: Publications

The Society is pleased to announce the publication of two new Scottish Archaeological Internet Reports, available now via our new journals’ website.

SAIR has been published by the Society since 2001, and the latest update brings the total published excavation reports to 80! The new website will offer a new, user-friendly interface to access SAIR, while all papers will continue to be archived at the Archaeology Data Service, a Trusted Digital Repository, for long-term preservation.

The most recent papers report on two excavations at Nether Gogar, Edinburgh, and Orchardfield, East Lothian. The Society gratefully acknowledges funding towards the publication of SAIR 79 from Edinburgh Tram Project for Edinburgh City Council, and for SAIR 80 from Miller Homes Ltd (Scotland East Region).

To read the abstracts and access the papers, please see the details below:

SAIR 79 Excavations by Gogar Church, Nether Gogar, Edinburgh
Bob Will and Heather James

This report records the results of an excavation of a medieval settlement next to Gogar Church that was discovered within the construction corridor of the Edinburgh Tram line. The remains relate to the medieval village of Nether Gogar and date from the 11th to the 15th century, although later material was also recovered. The results of this work complement previous work on the site of Nether Gogar (Morrison et al 2009) and add to the growing evidence of medieval rural settlement in the Edinburgh area. The excavation was carried out by Glasgow University Archaeological Research Division (GUARD), while the post-excavation phase was undertaken by GUARD Archaeology Ltd on behalf of Edinburgh Tram Project for The City of Edinburgh Council.

SAIR 80 A Bronze Age barrow cemetery and a medieval enclosure at Orchardfield, East Linton, East Lothian
Magnus Kirby

Three ring-ditches, interpreted as a Bronze Age barrow cemetery, and a large ditched enclosure of likely medieval date were excavated at East Linton in advance of residential development. Cremation burials were recovered from all three of the ring-ditches, from their upper ditch fills and from a central pit in one of the ring-ditches. Also mixed into the fills were sherds of pottery, a few lithics, and two stone grinders/rubbers. A large pit close to one of the ring-ditches, which may have been used to dispose of the residue ash from one or more funeral pyres, was also excavated and provides an insight into the wider ritual activity taking place on or near the site. To the east of the barrow cemetery, a meandering length of ditch is considered to be medieval in date and probably forms an enclosure. Radiocarbon determinations produced Middle Bronze Age dates for samples of cremated human bone, with charred grain producing Iron Age and medieval dates.

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