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Watching Brief

Date November 2003 - December 2003

Event ID 551950

Category Recording

Type Watching Brief

Permalink http://canmore.org.uk/event/551950

NS 809 956 (centre) A watching brief was carried out in November and December 2003 during investigations to locate the water supply entry point into the Wallace Monument, and affecting the fort ramparts.

A narrow 2.4m long trench was excavated against the foundation course of the building, to a maximum depth of 440mm. Some broken tile, brick, slate and vitrified pipe fragments were noted within the spoil. They appeared to comprise part of the backfill to the foundation trench for the monument. The water pipe was found to be of copper.

A further track was later excavated, crossing the rampart, running approximately E-W. The excavation uncovered large fragments of burnt stone within the rampart construction, mixed with modern debris, suggesting that the rampart has been subject to significant disturbance since the construction of the Wallace Monument.

Archive to be deposited in the NMRS.

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