Series: Kirkdale Archaeology unpublished report series

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A Radley
A watching brief was carried out during the excavation of two small trenches in advance of the installation of new signs at Aberdour Castle. The first, near the entrance gate (NT 1910 8537) revealed whin dust, suggesting recently laid turf, and the second, just SW of the Castle itself (NT 1923 8545), was on the site of an existing display board, but a mortar-rich layer at the lower limit of excavation may represent a previously undisturbed horizon.
2011
A Radley
A watching brief was maintained during the excavation of one trench, and another was archaeologically excavated, to allow the installation of two new information signs. Deposits seen mostly represented later levelling material but some possibly structural remains were seen in the southernmost trench (NO 6430 4124) which were left undisturbed.
2011
G Ewart
D Murray
Kirkdale Archaeology was commissioned by Historic Scotland to record some alterations that had been made to the fabric of Barra Castle. This castle has a complex history of building, reconstruction and modification. Early 17th-century date stones, with the monograms of the Seton family, mark the first securely dated part of the castle, although this is thought to represent the upgrading of an existing structure or structures.
2009
P Fox
A watching brief was maintained during the excavation of two small holes near the ticket office for the installation of signs. Only modern landscaping deposits were disturbed and no finds or features of archaeological significance were seen.
2010
P Fox
A watching brief was maintained during three periods of work at Bothwell Castle to locate and repair a burst water pipe. Also, a small hole was excavated for planting a tree. There were no finds or features of archaeological significance.
2007
A Radley
A watching brief was maintained during the examination of the base of a fallen yew tree near the southwest corner of Bothwell Castle. The roots contained numerous architectural fragments which were removed and recorded. Some of these sandstone blocks appeared to be parts of architectural features such as windows and doors. It seems most likely that these fragments of masonry are from a demolished or collapsed structure (perhaps the Donjon or the Prison Tower) through which the roots of the tree have grown.
2009
G Ewart
A watching brief was maintained during the excavation of two holes to receive the uprights for a new sign at the entrance to Bothwell Castle. Nothing of archaeological interest was noted.
2009
P Fox
A watching brief was maintained during the location and exposure of a blocked septic tank outside the main visitor's entrance of Bothwell Castle. There were no features or finds of archaeological significance encountered.
2008
Anon
2007
D Murray
Excavations were carried out at Brown Caterthun Hill-fort to determine the extent of damage to the monument incurred as a result of fence maintenance work, and also investigate the nature of the monument in these locales with the intention of recovering dateable samples along with other archaeological and environmental evidence.
2011
G Ewart
A watching brief was maintained at Burleigh Castle during the excavation of a single trench to take the footings of a new interpretation board.
2011
P Fox
A watching brief was carried out during small excavations ahead of the installation of a new mooring on the Union Canal at Redding, on the north bank between Blairlodge Bridge (No.55) and Redding Bridge (No.56). A pre-excavation photographic survey was conducted to capture the site prior to any ground-breaking works. The excavations showed that a considerable amount of work went into the insertion of the sheet piling, requiring the grading of the towpath bank (to allow an appropriate level of access), the insertion of the piles and the reinstatement of the bank and towpath. As a result, much of the original fabric has been affected or removed.
2010
G Ewart
D Murray
A series of three separate programmes of excavation and standing building recording were completed on two areas of the castle. The first area concentrated on walls defining the S side of the probable courtyard within the Inner Ward . Evidence was found of the modification of primary build (early 16th-century) with the addition of later masonry thought at present to relate to the later 16thC reinforcement of the site under the 2nd Earl of Arran. Evidence was also found of the 18th and 19th-century stabilisation and landscaping programme when the castle was absorbed within the park around Hamilton Palace. The other focus for excavation was the tower located at the NW corner of the Outer Ward . The need to stabilise the vaulted undercroft of this structure brought to light further evidence of the conversion and subdivision of the early 16th-century structure during the later 16th century. This took the form of the addition of a new cross wall at first floor level and the possible creation of a new access passage along the S side of the tower also at first floor level. This exercise may also be associated with the blocking of two apertures looking E and S respectively. The tower appears to have been destroyed by fire on the evidence of extensive burning and scorching of walls at first floor level, an event dating to the late medieval period on the evidence of pottery.
2007
D Murray
Excavation of a series of trenches in a field to the north of the Visitor Centre on order to determine the potential archaeological impact of a new car park. The trench locations were guided by an earlier geophysical survey.
2011
G Ewart
A watching brief was maintained during the removal of an old information board and the installation of a new one. There were no finds or features of archaeological significance.
2014
G Ewart
S Hogg
A watching brief was maintained during the excavation of a small trench against the exterior southwest corner of the curtain wall at Corgarff Castle. The purpose of the excavation was to locate the inlet for the castle well shown on an 18th-century plan. There was no evidence found of the inlet but the excavation did reveal the foundations of the southwest corner of the 18th-century star shaped curtain wall. Photographs show that some of this wall was rebuilt in the 1960s but it became clear that the southwest corner of the curtain is of 18th-century build.
2008
D Murray
A small trench was excavated in the basement of Craignethan Castle for the insertion of a concrete base to hold a new handrail for the existing steps. Modern deposits of gravel and bedding overlay mortar debris, probably from the stair's construction, under which was a compact layer of imported clay.
2008
P Fox
A watching brief was maintained during the excavation of a trench to house an information board. Nothing of archaeological interest was encountered during the works.
2011
D Murray
A watching brief was maintained during the removal of a tree stump. There were no finds or features of archaeological significance other than deposits which may date to 19th-century landscaping.
2011
G Ewart
A watching brief was maintained during the excavation of two small trenches designed to receive new interpretation boards. One trench was located within the castle compound while the other was positioned adjacent to the present footbridge.
2011
 
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