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Aberdeen, Shoe Lane

Midden (Period Unassigned), Unidentified Pottery (Medieval)

Site Name Aberdeen, Shoe Lane

Classification Midden (Period Unassigned), Unidentified Pottery (Medieval)

Alternative Name(s) Queen Street, E30, John Smith's Warehouse

Canmore ID 20128

Site Number NJ90NW 218

NGR NJ 943 064

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Aberdeen, City Of
  • Parish Aberdeen
  • Former Region Grampian
  • Former District City Of Aberdeen
  • Former County Aberdeenshire

Archaeology Notes

NJ90NW 218 943 064

Machine trench was dug and development observed over whole demolished warehouse site. Large amount (up to 1.20m deep) of garden soil, mainly undisturbed with small quantity of medieval pottery. Also undisturbed layer over natural containing heavily compacted organic remains. This seems consistent with an area which in the later 15th and 16th centuries may have been within the confines of the Franciscan friary (NJ90NW 26) and in the earlier medieval period was probably used for dumping, lying as it did at least 100m back from the Broad Street frontage. On this site in 1847 a hoard of coins of Mary Queen of Scots was found (NJ90NW 64).

A Cameron and B R White 1988.

The archive from Shoe Lane has been catalogued.

Historic Scotland Archive Project (FO) 1997.


Watching Brief (15 November 2011 - 1 May 2012)

A watching brief was carried out from 15 November 2011- 1 May 2012 on trenches excavated for the City Centre Heating Phase 1 (Aberdeen City Council Planning references P110789, P111251 and change of route P120455). The trench for laying the pipes starts at The Beach Ballroom, Links Road (AB24 5NR), runs SW along Links Road, along Constitution Street, around Constitution Court, along Wales Street, across Park Street, along Frederick Street, north along King Street, Mealmarket Street, West North Street to Mitchell Hall (AB24 5AS) and also SW along Longacre and Queen Street to Grampian Police HQ and Aberdeen City Council Town House (AB10 1BS).

Information from Oasis (camerona1-125584) 24 July 2012

NJ 95273 07178 (Beach Ballroom) – NJ 94325 06603 (West North Street) – NJ 94325 06405 A watching brief was maintained, 17 November 2011 – 1 May 2012, during the excavation of trenches for new heating pipes. The trenches running from The Town House, Broad Street to Aberdeen Leisure Centre, Beach Boulevard were 1.5m wide and 1.2m deep. The foundations of 19th-century tenements were recorded in Broad Street and garden soils in Mealmarket Street.

Archive: RCAHMS

Funder: Aberdeen Heat and Power

Alison Cameron (Cameron Archaeology) July 2012


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