Dunbar, Castle Park

Burial Ground, Human Remains, Long Cist(s)

Site Name Dunbar, Castle Park

Classification Burial Ground, Human Remains, Long Cist(s)

Alternative Name(s) Splash Leisure Pool; Lauderdale House; Dunbar Castle Park; Db09

Canmore ID 257299

Site Number NT67NE 141.4

NGR NT 6783 7912

NGR Description NGR centred on 6783 7912

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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  • Council East Lothian
  • Parish Dunbar
  • Former Region Lothian
  • Former District East Lothian
  • Former County East Lothian

Archaeology Notes

NT67NE 141.04 centred on 6783 7912

See also NT67NE 141.02 and NT67NE 141.05

Machine trenching for field drains in front of Lauderdale House uncovered a cemetery composed of long cists and inhumations. A watching brief and limited excavation of graves in the way of field drains was undertaken.

One complete cist skeleton was recovered together with eight partial cist skeletons and four partial skeletons from inhumations. Some 16 other cist and 15 other inhumations were observed in the sides of the trenches. A large quantity of other human bone was recovered. Two sherds of medieval pottery and two corroded metal fragments were found with fully excavated cist skeleton whose skull was protected by a bax formed by two flanking stones and a small capstone. One other skull-flanking stone was observed in section in a cist destroyed by machining.

Subsequently, Scottish Power, while digging a trench for a cable in the road at the entrance to Castle Park, uncovered other human bone and a possible cist.

This cemetery is probably associated with the burials and human bones further E noted previously during the development of the site as a leisure complex. (NT67NE 141.02).

Sponsor: Historic Scotland

D Perry 1993.

This site falls within the area scheduled as Dunbar Castle Park.

Information from Historic Scotland, scheduling document dated 20 April 1994.

Limited excavation was undertaken on this site in advance of development. A long cist and inhumation cemetery was uncovered, comprising 25 long cist burials, and 19 inhumations. Long cist cemeteries usually date between the 4th to 9th centuries AD.

Site recorded by GUARD during the Coastal Assessment Survey for Historic Scotland, 'The Firth of Forth from Dunbar to the Coast of Fife'1996.

NT 6785 7916 A watching brief was undertaken by CFA Archaeology Ltd in June 2006. The renewal of external lighting involved the the replacement of eight lamp posts immediately to the north of Lauderdale House and a further thirteen lamp-posts within the Dunbar Leisure Pool car park. During groundbreaking works, human remains were encountered. Apart from the human remains, most of the artefacts retrieved during the fieldwork were probably related to 19th- and 20th-century landscaping and gardening activity.

Sponsor: CableCom Electrical Ltd per East Lothian Council.

Sue Anderson, 2007

NT 6785 7916 Human remains were uncovered during the excavation of two slot trenches for the replacement of lampposts at Castle Park ( ) in June 2006. This was brought to the attention of East Lothian Council Archaeological Service and Historic Scotland, who requested the hand-sieving of the loose soil from the slot trenches in which the human remains were uncovered and a watching brief on all subsequent ground-breaking work. The watching brief led to the recovery of two additional fragments of bone.

Archive to be deposited with NMRS and East Lothian SMR.

Sponsor: CableCom Electrical Ltd

M Kirby, 2006.

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