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Watching Brief

Date 17 January 2011 - 28 January 2011

Event ID 980137

Category Recording

Type Watching Brief


A watching brief was maintained during the construction of new steps at various points around Arthur's Seat. The steps were near three areas: Dry Dam, the Zig-Zags and Nether Hill (or Lion's Haunch). The material removed in all these appeared likely to be hillwash, and finds from the 'Zig-Zags' likely date to the Victorian Period, or later. Prior to the work commencing, it was thought most likely that that there could be archaeological remains in the vicinity of Nether Hill or the uppermost part of the Dry Dam and particular attention was paid to the work being carried out there. However, nothing was seen in the small areas excavated, and it is also highly likely that the hillwash covers any prehistoric archaeological features that survive on these slopes.

Sponsor: Historic Scotland

A Radley 2011

OASIS ID: kirkdale1-171209

Kirkdale Archaeology

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