J. O'Sullivan, ed., (1996). Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland 126. Leeds: Maney Publishing.

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Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland 126
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126 (2)
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Jerry O'Sullivan
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Caroline R Wickham-Jones
James R Mackenzie
1 - 16
Alexandra N Shepherd
17 - 51
Derek Simpson
53 - 86
Conor MacCarthy
87 - 102
John W Barber
103 - 120
Ian Ralston
121 - 155
Ian Ralston
Roger J Mercer
157 - 189
Jon Triscott
191 - 197
James S Rideout
199 - 269
James S Rideout
Stephen P Carter
David Fraser
271 - 301
Geoff B Bailey
John Cannell
303 - 346
Geoff B Bailey
347 - 369
P Southern
371 - 386
Edwina V W Proudfoot
387 - 454
Edwina V W Proudfoot
Leslie Alcock
455 - 457
Ann J Carrington
459 - 468
Gordon J Ewart
469 - 516
Gordon J Ewart
Jon Triscott
517 - 557
Excavations have thrown light on the history and use of the castle from its construction, c. 1200, to the present day. A forge and kilns are evidence of industrial activity prior to 1650. Evidence for ranges of buildings within the courtyard amplifies previous descriptions of the castle. There are specialist reports on: `Coins' by Nicholas M McQ Holmes (533--4); `The ceramics' by D Caldwell & H Stewart (546--50); `The botanical remains' by T G Holden (550--2); `Charcoal' by Coralie Mills (552--3); `Faunal remains' by Finbar McCormick (553--5).
John H Lewis
559 - 603
Reports excavations in areas thought to encompass the donjon and hall respectively. Traces of an early curtain wall predating the north tower were found. At ground level, two window embrasures were revealed in the east wall of the building and, on its south side, a doorway into a passage linking with the east range. In the late seventeenth or eighteenth century the passage was blocked and a fireplace inserted into the north gable of the east range, which was occupied at least until the late eighteenth century. There are specialist reports on: `Sculptured stones' by Pamela Graves (576--8); `Coins' by Nicholas M McQ Holmes (578--9); `Other small finds' by David Caldwell (579--87); `Pottery' by Helen Smith (587 & 589) followed by `Medieval and post-medieval pottery' by Robert S Will (589--90); `Clay tobacco pipes' by Dennis B Gallagher (590--6); `Vessel glass' by K R Murdoch (596--7); The environmental evidence begins with `Charcoal' by Sheila Boardman (597), followed by `Faunal remains' by Tanya O'Sullivan & Jennifer Thoms (597--8).
John H Lewis
605 - 688
Excavation to the immediate west of the castle revealed considerable evidence of occupation (probably not continuous) dating from c. 1200 to at least the mid-sixteenth century. Most of the structures uncovered were associated with the medieval burgh not the castle. The first timber buildings gave way to a fourteenth-century tannery, probably when the castle was in ruins and unoccupied. The tannery gave way to two phases of residential buildings, either of masonry or set in stone foundations. The latest of these structures were set against a new boundary wall, all probably dating to the mid-sixteenth century when the adjacent road, the Scores, was realigned. From an earlier period, Beaker sherds indicate prehistoric settlement, although no associated features could be identified. There are specialist reports on: `Coins' by Nicholas M McQ Holmes (635); `Small finds' by D Caldwell (635--45); `The inscribed stone' by John Higgitt (646--7); `Prehistoric pottery' by Helen Smith (647--8); `Medieval pottery' by George Haggerty & Robert Will (648--69); `Mammal bones' by Finbar McCormick (669--71); `Bird and fish bones' by Sheila Hamilton-Dyer (671--2); `The micromorphology of a buried soil' by Stephen Carter (672--4); `Palaeobotanical analysis of samples from period 3 pits A, B & C' by Coralie Mills (675).
Russel J Coleman
689 - 732
Excavations undertaken in 1985 revealed four burgage plots with occupation spanning the mid-thirteenth to the early-fifteenth centuries. Evidence for malting, in the form of a kiln and coble, was recovered in an area relatively undeveloped until the eighteenth century. There are specialist reports on:`The pottery' by Peter Cheer (712--18); `The artefacts' by Adrian Cox (718--24) including a note on the `Coins' by Nicholas Holmes (724); `Animal bone' by Catherine Smith (725--6); `Botanical remains' by Alan Fairweather (726--7).
Adrian Cox
733 - 821
Two excavations within the medieval burgh provided the opportunity to investigate an early industrial zone on the western side of Meal Vennel and a relatively rich undeveloped area in the backlands of Scott Street. The artefact rich Meal Vennel excavation revealed evidence of a possible early western boundary of the town, timber and stone buildings and industrial activities including grain drying and iron smithing. Backland activities including sand quarrying, the digging of rubbish pits and dumping of midden, were investigated at Scott Street. A number of questions relating to the medieval development of Perth were addressed. `Excavations at Meal Vennel' by Richard Sermon & Adrian Cox (736--51), including: `The pottery' by Peter Cheer (753--9); a gold and sapphire ring and the copper alloy objects including dress fasteners/fittings and keys, a mount and fittings, needles, padlock components, pendants, pins, rivets, seal matrix, sheets and strips, thimbles and tweezers; lead alloy objects; iron objects including arrowheads, buckles, horse equipment, household ironwork, and knives are detailed along with a `Metallurgy of the knives' by Paul Harrison (776--7), locks and keys, structural ironwork, and tools; stone objects; bone and antler objects including perforated bones and horn cores, horn-working evidence, pins, antler offcuts; the glass including a bead, linen smoother(?) and window glass; `Coins and a jetton' by Nicholas Holmes (789--90); `The flint' by Jill Harden (790 & 791); ceramic roof tiles; industrial residues; `The leather' by Clare Thomas (792); `The animal bone' by Catherine Smith (792--4); and `Botanical remains' by Alan Fairweather (795). `Excavations at Scott Street' by Jonathan Burrows (795--801) is followed by the specialist reports from that site including: `The pottery' by Peter Cheer (801--4); copper alloy objects; lead alloy objects; iron objects; stone objects; the wooden cask; `Textiles' by Thea Gabra-Sanders (810--11); ceramic floor tiles; glass; clay pipes; `Coins' by Nicholas Holmes (812); `Mammal and bird bone' by Catherine Smith (812--13); `Botanical remains' by Alan Fairweather (813--14).
David H Caldwell
John H Lewis
823 - 869
This report outlines the results of an archaeological excavation withing one of the cellars in 1987, and lists finds from this and other excavations and clearance work carried out in and around the palace over a number of years. The catalogue also reviews some material published elsewhere. Some of the finds shed new light on the palace and its occupants. Pottery, clay pipes, window glass and cames, wine glasses, copper alloy objects, iron objects, a bone mount, woodwork, stone, plasterwork, leather, are included.
Alastair M T Maxwell-Irving
871 - 879
A re-evaluation of the construction dates for these two houses putting them at the turn of the sixteenth-century. Longstanding misconceptions are thought to have led to errors in the dating of similar structures.
Ronald Page
Catherine Page
881 - 898
Predominantly historical paper including details of the precise location and extent of Blackfriars' lands and excavation revealing the position and size of the church of the Blackfriars.
Ian B D Bryce
Alasdair Roberts
899 - 909
Expansion on an earlier theme providing further examples of the IHS monogram and also arguing that crosslet gunloops were in fact Catholic Christian symbols.
Alison Cameron
Anne Johnston
Judith Stones
911 - 927
Excavations between 1986 and 1987 at frontage sites on the pre-nineteenth-century thoroughfare out of Aberdeen to the north, as part of an overall programme to establish the nature of medieval deposits in Old Aberdeen. Despite nineteenth-twentieth-century disturbance, it was possible at both sites to establish that the earliest evidence of activity was of seventeenth-century date. At the Don Street site five small domestic kilns were excavated. There are short notes on `The clay pipes' by Susanne Atkin (926) and `The coins' by Stewart Thain (926).
David Henderson
Mark Collard
Daniel A Johnston
929 - 941
Articulated human skeletons and disarticulated bones recovered in 1993 from excavations in the area of the former Lady Yester's Kirkyard showed clear evidence of post-mortem dissection. They are identified as the `unclaimed' dead buried by the Royal Infirmary in the second half of the eighteenth century. There was evidence for post-mortem tooth removal from all the dentitions recovered during the excavation, probably for the manufacture of sets of false teeth. A further assemblage of human bones, found in 1988 adjacent to eighteenth/nineteenth-century anatomy schools formed part of a teaching collection from the schools.
George R Haggarty
Alison McIntyre
943 - 962
Reports work carried out in December 1987 to January 1988 on the site of a nineteenth-century pottery kiln. The base of a large kiln was recorded, beneath which there was evidence for three earlier kilns. Thousands of pottery sherds were recovered. Details of all known marked Newbigging ceramics are also listed for the first time in an appendix (958--60).
963 - 971
Includes: `The castle complex revisited: recent research on the Atlantic Iron Age' by D W Harding (963--5); `The Newstead excavations: a Roman frontier post and its people revisited' by Simon Clarke (965--6); `The Iceman -- a mountaineer of 5000 years ago' by G W Groenman-van Waateringe (967); `Enclosing, planting and building: the contribution of the Montgomery Act of 1770 on the agriculture and landscape of the Border counties' by Kitty Cruft (968--9); `The Auld Stane Man' by A V B Norman (970); `A typology of the equestrian chase motif in early medieval Pictish sculpture' by Ann Carrington (970--1).
973 - 987
989 - 1004