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Edinburgh, 146 Canongate, Huntly House

Pit (Period Unassigned), Unidentified Pottery (13th Century)

Site Name Edinburgh, 146 Canongate, Huntly House

Classification Pit (Period Unassigned), Unidentified Pottery (13th Century)

Canmore ID 52371

Site Number NT27SE 341

NGR NT 26448 73764

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 341 264 737

A small area of the courtyard to the rear of Huntly House was excavated prior to the replanting of a flower bed, to investigate rumours of the presence of a well shaft. No trace was found of such a feature, but beneath a rough paving of post-medieval date was part of a large, irregularly shaped pit, which extended beyond the excavated area to the W and NW. The deepest part comprised a rectangular shaft, cut through natural rock to a depth of 1.68m. The pit had apparently been filled in deliberately after a short life span, with no detectable deposits surviving in the bottom, and its purpose is therefore unknown. The back filled material contained c 400 pot sherds, considered to date from around the 13th century.

N M M Holmes 1987.

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