Haggarty, George (Research Associate) (2018) The ceramic assemblage. In: Lowther, J 2018 ‘The Excavation of a Medieval Burgh Ditch at East Market Street, Edinburgh: Around the Town’, Scottish Archaeological Internet Reports 78. Scottish Archaeological Internet Reports (78). pp. 12-16. ISSN e2056-7421

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In 2015 excavation works undertaken in preparation for a new hotel development at East Market Street,
Edinburgh, encountered the remains of a substantial ditch feature likely relating to previously excavated
ditches in the medieval burghs of Edinburgh and Canongate. A substantial stratified artefact assemblage
including both animal bone and ceramics was recovered and the waterlogged deposits in the base of
the ditch also offered the opportunity for macroplant analysis. These waterlogged deposits afforded the
preservation of artefacts including a textile garment, the first of its kind in the British Isles, and leather
shoe soles boasting slender waists and turned out, pointed toes. These finds were both attributed to the
14th to 15th centuries, contributing to a vivid picture of the inhabitants of Edinburgh and Canongate
in the medieval period. Analysis of both the artefact and ecofact assemblage revealed two phases of use,
from the construction of the ditch in the late 12th–13th century to its eventual disuse in the latter half
of the 15th century.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Full text version freely available at the official URL
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
N Fine Arts > NK Decorative arts Applied arts Decoration and ornament
Theme: Material culture: creation and use
Department: Scottish History and Archaeology (from 2012)
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Depositing User: Ross Anderson
Date Deposited: 14 May 2018 14:13
Last Modified: 14 May 2018 14:13
URI: http://repository.nms.ac.uk/id/eprint/2042

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