Radley, A., (2007). Dumbarton Castle (French Prison): Archaeological Excavation and Assessment, November 2006 and February - March 2007. Edinburgh: Kirkdale Archaeology.

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Dumbarton Castle (French Prison): Archaeological Excavation and Assessment, November 2006 and February - March 2007
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Kirkdale Archaeology unpublished report series
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https://doi.org/10.5284/1045129
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A small excavation and assessment took place at Dumbarton Castle. The French Prison had been deteriorating badly and this was particularly evident in the badly cracked west wall of the east ground floor room and east wall of the small room at the base of the stairs. To investigate these problems two trenches were opened - one to investigate the wall foundations in the east room, and the other to examine the base of the stairs. The excavations revealed an earlier floor level, probably dating to the first half of the 20th Century, and also deposits associated with levelling for, and the construction of, the French Prison (1795). The north part of the trench in the east room was excavated as far as bedrock and it was discovered that only the north wall as built directly onto bedrock, with the other walls built onto imported levelling material. This appeared to be the cause of the slumping and subsequent cracking of the walls. These trenches showed evidence of the installation of a timber floor and confirmed the sloping or terraced nature of the bedrock, dropping steeply from N to S. Levelling material up to 1.5m deep was imported towards the S of the trench to form a platform for the late 18th-century building campaign. A further visit comprising excavation and assessment took place outside the French Prison. Trenches revealed traces of a toilet block apparently demolished before 1928 on the basis of photographic evidence.
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A Radley
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Kirkdale Archaeology
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Historic Environment Scotland (OASIS Reviewer)
West of Scotland Archaeological Service (OASIS Reviewer)
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2007
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Site: Dumbarton Castle - French Prison
County: WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE
Parish: DUMBARTON
Country: Scotland
Grid Reference: 239960, 674530 (Easting, Northing)
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Find: NONE None
Monus: CASTLE Medieval
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OASIS Id: kirkdale1-249653
OBIB: HSCO-90107-2006-02 and 2007-01
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06 Nov 2017
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