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Year of Publication (Start): 2007
Year of Publication (End): 2016
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David Connolly
An archaeological investigation prior to the rear extension of an 20th century semidetached property to the north of Preston Tower in Prestonpans. Excavation to a depth of 740mm exposed the construction debris of a late 20th century building and two features of possible late 19th century date relating to the orchard phase. Sandy clay natural was encountered at a depth of 520mm beneath the existing ground surface. No significant archaeology was uncovered, with most of the area being heavily altered in the 1960s.
2011
David Connolly
Monitored strip on the excavation of a linear - 50m wide track connecting the Crystalrig windfarm to Aikengall Windfarm over the Moneynut Water.
2015
David Connolly
An archaeological building record of a garage bothy directly to the east of Culross Palace was required prior to repair, consolidation and refurbishment.
2010
David Connolly
Buildings appraisal of former Mill building on outskirts of Haddington, East Lothian. as part of a renovation. most other structures of the former mill complex are demolished.
2013
David Connolly
Prior to reconstruction of a garden wall sloping up to the north from Culross Palace, a full building record was undertaken which showed 4 main phases of build, rebuild, repair and alteration. 2 investigative trenches were excavated on the site of potential retaining buttresses, no archaeological deposits were encountered to a depth of 700mm
2007
David Connolly
Evaluation prior to transmitter mast base construction and power cable trench excavation, - near scheduled enclosure on Barney Hill, no archaeology uncovered.
2015
David Connolly
An archaeological investigation to a depth of 400mm below ground surface to ensure that archaeological features relating to the Melrose Abbey were not damaged by use of lawn for events. A gravel rich drainage layer containing 18th century artefacts overlaid a possible natural clay subsoil at 400-420 mm.
2007
David Connolly
An archaeological watching brief on the removal of late 20th century stone slab repair of courtyard, for re-instatement of new slabs. The original water pebble cobbles had previously been removed to form a base for this 1980's repair, however, the original slabs forming the 'parking area for a cart remained in a small section. These were recorded but not retained. Beneath the cobble footing sand was a mixed clay layer with a 1760's glazed Scottish Manganese bowl fragment was found, directly on the interface. This would be in agreement with the late 18th/ early 19th century dates for the house construction and redevelopment.
2008
David Connolly
A potential circular feature of with 4 larger boulders linked by what seemed to be a stone construction was first identified as part of a field survey conducted in 2013 and an excavation was carried out at the site in June 2014 in order to establish its nature, size, preservation and date. Finds included large sherds of handmade prehistoric pottery and quantities of alder charcoal, the highest concentration of charcoal coming from the central area. The charcoal is being analysed for origin and datecurrently being dated at SUERC. Further walk overs have now identified other up to seven potential hut platforms and detailed topographical survey of the wider area continuesis proposed. D Connolly 2014
2014
David Connolly
An archaeological excavation was required to further investigate possible features that could be of archaeological and historical significance in relation to buildings mentioned in a primary documentary source A Short History of Haddington (Gray 1944: 83), located closely to the south west of Lady Kitty's Doocot.
2014
H Kdolska
The assessment of the Meiklerig steading consisted of desk-based research followed by visual inspection of the site accompanied by compilation of a basic photographic and written record of both the interior and exterior of the relevant structures. The site was inspected prior to the development/conversion of the site into flats. The assessment of the structures demonstrate that portions of at least two yards survive- one possibly from at least the mid eighteenth century and the second from nineteenth century. Nonetheless, the site is significantly affected by modern (twentieth century) alterations and no architecturally outstanding features seem to have survived.
2016
David Connolly
Watching brief on the excavation of a linear cable trench connecting Moorcock Hall Shepherds cottage to a wind turbine. The need for this work was necessitated by the paucity of known archaeology in a large swathe across this part of the Lammermuir Edge. No Archaeological features or artefacts were uncovered.
2011
David Connolly
A basic photographic record both inside and out was taken of the Newbyres Hall as it was converted into a nursery. The exterior later extensions were removed under supervision and the elevations recorded. The history of the structures show it began life as a Free Church in 1858, before being turned into a village hall in 1882 and then altered again in the 70s when it was a masonic lodge hall. Windows have been reopened where possible and the rear elevation will have an extension rebuilt on the footprint of the 1880s? extension.
2015
David Connolly
A photographic and drawn building survey due to the collapse of a brick wall at the Flower Garden wall within the estate. Works were undertaken in advance of and in conjunction with works carried out by masons in the repair of the wall, to allow, where possible, a functional design to be restored.
2007
David Connolly
An archaeological removal and recording exercise was undertaken around the Newhailes Tea House. 118 architectural fragments were recovered, catalogued and stored with the assistance of volunteers from the Bank of Scotland as part of a Corporate Challenge. The resulting collection allowed for the complete architectural understanding of the principal elevation of the structure and quantified the remaining recovery issues. The canal to the south of the Tea House was partially cleared of recent debris and the original side slope exposed.
2008
David Connolly
An archaeological removal and recording exercise was undertaken around the Newhailes Tea House. 238 architectural fragments were recovered, catalogued and stored with the assistance of volunteers from the Bank of Scotland as part of a. The resulting collection allowed for the complete architectural understanding of the principal elevation of the structure and quantified the remaining recovery issues. The principal elevation is now fully understood and the importance of the structure within the Scottish Enlightenment is confirmed.
2007
David Connolly
An archaeological watching brief was carried out during remedial work on the drainage system in the courtyard of Newhailes Stables. Two drains were located of probable early 19th century date, and their routes traced where possible. A small section of sandstone and mortar wall foundation with a pantile damp course, was also uncovered that related to the earlier 18th century stable structures. Any further works in this area will require archaeological supervision
2008
D Connolyl
An archaeological watching brief was carried out during remedial work on the flooring of rooms STG01 and STG15 in Newhailes Stables. The Room STG01 was shown to have been original, with a later series of channels and structures associated with a laundry, and a later insertion of lead water pipes. Damage and subsidence to the southwest end of the room can be related to this activity. The room STG15 provided evidence for the insertion of later internal walls, prior to the laying of a slab floor, which overlaid a cobbled surface for an earlier internal room, probably associated with animals. Cutting through this cobbling was a trench related to the building of a stone culvert, that had previously been examined in the courtyard of the stable block.
2009
Manuela Struck
This was a joint project as part of the Peter Potter Gallery Monument Programme, with support from East Lothian Council. It included the involvement of over 400 people ranging from local school classes and groups, including the Tynepark Centre, the Pink Ladies, the University of the Third Age, the East Lothian Young Archaeologists Club and local volunteers as well as students from Edinburgh and Sheffield Universities. The excavation uncovered a portion of the north eastern side of the wash house, revealing the remains of a stone wall, a poured concrete floor of an early 20th century extension, an exterior cobbled surface, lead piping and later pipe trenches. It was also hoped to find remains of an 18th century house called Nungate Brig-end which belonged to the Preston family and is known to have existed on or near the site before the wash house was built. Although no actual structural remains were discovered, a few shards of 18th century window glass were retrieved. David Connolly 2013
2014
David Connolly
The work consisted of ten 20 metre trenches excavated to natural subsoils to establish the potential for medieval or prehistoric archaeology within this area, the type, preservation and depth, and to investigate the stratigraphy of deposits at this location Nothing was found except field drains
2013
 
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