Newsletter – Issue 137, April 2002
Spring is in the air and our thoughts turn to getting that Cramond site finished once and for all!
So …. lots of help would be appreciated. Initially, we need to dismantle much of the vintage fencing around the site. This will require hammers, pliers, wire cutters, etc, as there is an assortment of old chainlink fencing and chicken wire, barbed wire and staples to remove. A much smaller area can then be enclosed since that’s all that remains to be backfilled. Tough gloves are essential – and make sure your tetanus shots are up to date.
This will start on Sundays, beginning on 7 April from around 10 am. The backfilling will probably commence on the following Sunday.
Please note that there may be no work on site on Sunday 21 April and on Sunday 12 May. Please check before hand.
As last year, it would be as well to park in the Public Car Park at the foot of Glebe Road and to reach the site via the footpath leading up from the right-hand side of the car park entrance. DO NOT leave any jackets, bags, cameras, etc, in your car, as these are popular targets for thieves who do not hesitate to break car windows to gain access. Although the Kirk Hall extension is complete, the area of the car park there is considerably reduced and may be short of space while the Kirk is in.
We hope to set up regular sessions at the City Archaeology Department at Broughton Market in order to deal with the vast number of finds from the site.
Visit to Craigie Hill Fort (map reference NT 153757)
We plan to visit a particularly interesting iron age/medieval hill fort at Craigie Hill at 10.30am on Saturday 6 April 2002. To get there by car, turn off to the west on a minor road at the first turn off the A90 northwest of Cramond Brig. About ¾ of a mile along this minor road, another minor road turns off to the north. We should meet at this junction. Parking is difficult here so please make sure that you do not block the road for other drivers.
Work on listing all the finds from John Lawson’s project of fieldwalking beside the A71 finally finished on 12 March. The next session is at 10.30am on 2 April when work on the Cramond finds will start.