Kirby, M., (2011). Edinburgh Drinking Water Project. Metal Detector Survey. Mortonhall, City of Edinburgh. CFA Archaeology Ltd.

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Edinburgh Drinking Water Project. Metal Detector Survey. Mortonhall, City of Edinburgh
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https://doi.org/10.5284/1020265
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An archaeological watching brief was undertaken during soil stripping for a water pipeline. The watching brief included the monitoring of upfill operations overlying the possible Roman fortlet at Glencorse, and the photographic recording of any field boundaries within the designed landscape associated with Mortonhall House prior to their demolition. This programme of work led to the identification of three sites (Site 1 - Site 3) considered to be of archaeological potential: a head-dyke and the remains of associated rig and furrow cultivation; a single pit containing fire-cracked stone and a single flint flake; and a ditch with a 90° turn. Pottery recovered from the base of this ditch suggests that it was modern in date. It may have been either a feature associated with the Mortonhall House designed landscape, or a military feature excavated for military training by troops who were stationed at Mortonhall during World War II. A metal detector survey was undertaken pre-construction of the section of pipeline running from Mortonhall army camp up to the road leading to Meadowhead Farm. The reason for the detector survey was because Douglas (1898) records that Cromwell's army occupied an encampment on Galachlaw in 1650 and again in 1651 and this section of the pipeline passed in close proximity to the Galachlaw. The purpose of the metal detecting survey was to try and identify any artefacts that might be associated with the activities of Cromwell's army. Although a number of finds of potentially 17th century date were recovered none of them could be definitively associated with the Cromwellian troops and the range of potential 17th century finds was so low that it is unlikely that the Cromwellian Army Encampment extended on to the route of the pipeline. The large quantity of casings identified between Grid 34 and Grid 46 suggests that this area may have been a live firing range during WWII.
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M Kirby
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CFA Archaeology Ltd
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Historic Scotland (OASIS Reviewer)
City of Edinburgh Archaeology Service (OASIS Reviewer)
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2011
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Site: Edinburgh Drinking Water Pipeline
Parish: EDINBURGH
County: EDINBURGH, CITY OF
Country: Scotland
Location - Auto Detected: Meadowhead Farm
Location - Auto Detected: Mortonhall House
Location - Auto Detected: Glencorse
Grid Reference: 323614, 662680 (Easting, Northing)
Grid Reference: 327350, 669086 (Easting, Northing)
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Find: Bullet Casing Post Medieval
Find: Musket Ball Post Medieval
Find: Worked Flint Prehistoric
Monus: Boundary Ditch Post Medieval
Monus: Pit Prehistoric
Temporal - Auto Detected: 1651
Temporal - Auto Detected: 17th Century
Temporal - Auto Detected: Roman
Temporal - Auto Detected: 1650
Temporal - Auto Detected: Wwii
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OASIS Id: cfaarcha1-111885
OBIB: Report no. 1946
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25 Nov 2016
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