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Edinburgh, Old Fishmarket Close

Cellar(S) (Period Unassigned), Midden (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Edinburgh, Old Fishmarket Close

Classification Cellar(S) (Period Unassigned), Midden (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 240285

Site Number NT27SE 5193

NGR NT 2582 7352

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Edinburgh, City Of
  • Parish Edinburgh (Edinburgh, City Of)
  • Former Region Lothian
  • Former District City Of Edinburgh
  • Former County Midlothian

Archaeology Notes

NT27SE 5193 2582 7352

NT 2582 7352 A watching brief was undertaken in May 2002 after workmen excavating a water pipe along the W side of Old Fishmarket Close removed roofing stones from a previously unrecorded cellar. Access to the cellar was not possible for health and safety reasons. Visual inspection through the hole in its roof, however, revealed that the chamber extended across the width of the road though no doorway was visible. The date of the cellar remains unknown.

Extending along the length of the trench was a mixed deposit containing 15th- to 17th-century pottery, animal bones and oyster shells. This layer continued below the depth of the service trench as the trench moved downslope towards the Cowgate. No secure stratigraphic relationship between the cellar and this deposit was observed.

Report deposited in Edinburgh SMR and to be deposited in the NMRS.

Sponsor: City of Edinburgh Council.

J A Lawson (CECAS) 2002

NT 258 735 An evaluation and subsequent watching brief were carried out between December 2002 and March 2003 during redevelopment of a site between Old Fishmarket and Borthwick's Close. As with an earlier phase of evaluation (DES 2001, 43), most of the remains encountered related to development of the site from the 17th century onwards, and consisted of make-up deposits and wall foundations. The entrance to a voided cellar was revealed during removal of a concrete wall at the W boundary of the site. This vaulted chamber extended beneath Old Fishmarket Close and had probably been sealed during redevelopment in the early 20th century (DES 2002, 50). Late medieval pottery was recovered from redeposited midden material which had been dumped on top of the vault. A ground surface was preserved beneath a demolished cellar in the S of the site. Close examination of this was not possible due to depth, but it may represent survival of a medieval deposit. The vaulted cellar and these deep deposits have been preserved within the development.

Archive to be deposited in the NMRS.

Sponsor: Burrell.

S Stronach 2003


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