Collard, M., Lawson, J. A. and Holmes, N. M McQ., (2006). Archaeological excavations in St Giles' Cathedral Edinburgh, 1981-93. In: n.e., Archaeological excavations in St Giles' Cathedral Edinburgh, 1981-93.

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Archaeological excavations in St Giles' Cathedral Edinburgh, 1981-93
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Archaeological excavations in St Giles' Cathedral Edinburgh, 1981-93
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Scottish Archaeological Internet Reports
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22
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80
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The report describes the results of excavations in 1981, ahead of development within the South Choir Aisle of St Giles' Cathedral, and subsequent archaeological investigations within the kirk in the 1980s and 1990s. Three main phases of activity from the twelfth to the mid-sixteenth centuries were identified, with only limited evidence for the post-Reformation period. Fragmentary evidence of earlier structural remains was recorded below extensive landscaping of the natural steep slope, in the form of a substantial clay platform constructed for the twelfth-century church. The remains of a substantial ditch in the upper surface of this platform are identified as the boundary ditch of the early ecclesiastical enclosure. A total of 113 in situ burials were excavated; the earliest of these formed part of the external graveyard around the early church. In the late fourteenth century the church was extended to the south and east over this graveyard, and further burials and structural evidence relating to the development of the kirk until the sixteenth century were excavated, including evidence for substantive reconstruction of the east end of the church in the mid-fifteenth century. Evidence for medieval slat-bottomed coffins of pine and spruce was recovered, and two iron objects, which may be ferrules from pilgrims' staffs or batons, were found in thirteenth/fourteenth-century burials.
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Mark Collard
John A Lawson
Nicholas M McQ Holmes
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2006
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0 903903 91 1
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Subject - Auto Detected: Boundary Ditch
Temporal - Auto Detected: Late Fourteenth Century
Subject - Auto Detected: Ditch
Subject - Auto Detected: Ecclesiastical Enclosure
Subject - Auto Detected: Iron
Subject - Auto Detected: Graveyard
Subject - Auto Detected: Pine
Medieval
Subject - Auto Detected: Church
Subject - Auto Detected: Slatbottomed Coffins
Subject - Auto Detected: Burials
Temporal - Auto Detected: Sixteenth Century
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20 Dec 2010