Haselgrove, C., (2009). The Traprain Law Environs Project. Edinburgh: Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.

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The Traprain Law Environs Project
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fieldwork and excavations 2000-2004
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306
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Colin Haselgrove
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Society of Antiquaries of Scotland
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2009
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Abstract
Colin Haselgrove
Leon Fitts
1 - 10
Overview of the project's research design and study area.
David C Cowley
Duncan N Hale
Fraser Hunter
Kevin H J Macleod
11 - 21
Overview of the survey work, noting in particular that the geophysical survey produced better results than has been claimed for the technique in Scotland.
Colin Haselgrove
Peter Carne
Leon Fitts
23 - 42
Describes excavations, noting that settlement fell into three main phases: some Neolithic activity; a major phase of enclosure construction in the Late Bronze Age/Earlier Iron Age; and reoccupation during the Roman Iron Age.
Colin Haselgrove
Peter Carne
Leon Fitts
43 - 66
Excavations revealed five main phases: a pit with Neolithic occupation debris; Early Bronze Age burials; a possible Later Bronze Age open settlement; a Late Bronze Age enclosure; and a Later Iron Age open settlement.
Colin Haselgrove
Leon Fitts
67 - 97
The main phase of occupation was a Late Iron Age enclosure, with a later scooped settlement. Traces of Bronze Age activity were found, and it was noted that one of the latest events on the site was the insertion of a stone cist containing a burial which was apparently considerably earlier than the site itself into a ditch terminal, possibly as an act of closure.
Colin Haselgrove
Duncan N Hale
99 - 115
Evaluations showed that the earliest enclosures at East Linton probably dated to the Late Bronze Age, and that at Foster Law to the Early Iron Age. All three sites showed evidence of enclosure during the Later Iron Age, with evidence for recutting of ditches at Foster Law and East Linton, and the probable founding of the site at East Bearford.
Fraser Hunter
117 - 156
Series of specialist reports on the material culture recovered, followed by a discussion of the assemblages in their regional context (140-156).
Ann MacSween
Catherine McGill
117 - 123
Steven Willis
123
David Heslop
Pamela Lowther
Fraser Hunter
123 - 129
Pamela Lowther
Fraser Hunter
129 - 132
Pamela Lowther
Fraser Hunter
132 - 136
Jason Mole
136 - 137
137 - 138
138 - 139
Fraser Hunter
Jenny Jones
Pamela Lowther
139 - 140
Jacqueline P Huntley
Charlotte E O'Brien
157 - 185
Presents the archaeo-botanical evidence from the sites investigated, followed by a report on the faunal remains (noting that the latter were very sparse due to the sub-soil acidity).
Derek Hamilton
Colin Haselgrove
187 - 204
Discusses the dating strategy and presents the dates obtained.
David C Cowley
205 - 223
Sets out aspects of the detailed investigations reported on earlier in the volume in a regional context.
Colin Haselgrove
225 - 237
Reviews the extent to which the project's results have expanded knowledge of later prehistoric settlement in the immediate vicinity of Traprain Law itself; reviews some features of the individual sites; and reflects on lessons of the project for future research in East Lothian.
Duncan N Hale
David C Cowley
239 - 257
Fraser Hunter
258 - 265
Publishes the project, carried out between 2000-2004 on plough-levelled sites around the fortified site of Traprain Law on the East Lothian coastal plain in south-east Scotland. The primary aim was to investigate the nature and economy of smaller enclosed settlements in an area of 150km² centred on the hillfort, and to establish the chronological relationship between these sites and the occupation of the hilltop. Subsidiary aims included exploring the extent of Roman influence and testing the effectiveness of geomagnetic survey in a region of complex geology.\r\n\r\nExcavations were carried out at six sites: three enclosures (at Knowes, Standingstone and Whittingehame Tower) were extensively excavated, whilst smaller-scale work was carried out at another three (East Bearford, East Linton and Foster Law). Geomagnetic surveys were conducted at 30 sites and cropmark sites in East Lothian were transcribed and mapped enabling the excavated sites to be placed in a regional context.