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Edinburgh, 140-142 High Street

No Class (Event)

Site Name Edinburgh, 140-142 High Street

Classification No Class (Event)

Canmore ID 52339

Site Number NT27SE 312

NGR NT 2586 7361

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 312 2586 7361

Excavations in 1975-6 in some basement rooms of the building now in use as the Edinburgh Wax Museum took place in advance of the lowering of the floors. A complex arrangement of earlier stone walls and foundations was associated with a few sherds of 17th-century type, and in the southernmost cellar was a midden from which some 3000 sherds of pottery were recovered, apparently of 13th/14th-century type. Virtually no domestic refuse was found in this area, but the pottery deposit seems likely to have been connected with a shop or house. The midden clearly covered a much larger area than was available for excavation.

N M M Holmes 1976; A T Simpson, S Stevenson and N Holmes 1981.


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