Kirby, M., (2013). New Student Accommodation, 18-22 Potterrow, Edinburgh. Archaeological Excavation and Watching Brief. CFA Archaeology Ltd.

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New Student Accommodation, 18-22 Potterrow, Edinburgh. Archaeological Excavation and Watching Brief
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CFA Archaeology Ltd unpublished report series
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cfaarcha1-194719_1.pdf (13 MB) : Download
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https://doi.org/10.5284/1033066
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A programme of archaeological works was carried out in advance of the construction of student accommodation at 18-22 Potterrow, City of Edinburgh. The excavation recorded building remains identified during a previous archaeological evaluation. These buildings were found to directly relate to the layout of buildings depicted on the First Edition Ordnance Survey map (1852). Photographic evidence suggests that they consisted of traditional Edinburgh tenements with commercial premises on the ground floor and residential dwellings from first floor level upwards. Cartographic sources indicate that the buildings had been partially demolished by 1947, with the remainder demolished by 1962. The features uncovered were in keeping with demolished tenements and included an external cobbled area, wall footings, drainage channels, floor surfaces, basements, external yards, a well and vaulted cellars. Deep basements and cellars at the northern end of the site are likely to have removed any earlier features from within this area and there was no clear evidence of any earlier structures from elsewhere within the site. Two wall lines and a circular feature along the western edge of the site had been constructed from slightly different material, and although there was some speculation that this might indicate an earlier phase of construction, the wall lines uncovered were found to directly correspond with wall lines depicted on the First edition map. The finds recovered were largely 19/20th century in date and predominantly consisted of domestic items such as pottery.
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M Kirby
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CFA Archaeology Ltd
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Historic Environment Scotland (OASIS Reviewer)
City of Edinburgh Archaeology Service (OASIS Reviewer)
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2013
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Site: 18-22 Potterrow
County: EDINBURGH, CITY OF
Parish: EDINBURGH
Country: Scotland
Grid Reference: 325939, 673252 (Easting, Northing)
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Find: GLASS Post Medieval
Find: METAL Post Medieval
Find: POTTERY Post Medieval
Monus: BUILDING COMPONENT Post Medieval
Monus: CELLAR Post Medieval
Monus: DRAIN Post Medieval
Monus: TENEMENT Post Medieval
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OASIS Id: cfaarcha1-194719
OBIB: Report no. 2184
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01 Feb 2018
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