Field activity update

Roman denarius coin reverse
Roman denarius coin reverse

Mumrills Metal Detecting 

On Sunday 11th October the Society assisted Geoff Bailey with a further metal detecting survey over the Roman Fort site at Mumrills. The survey produced 2 more Roman coins,

a denarius of Antoninus Pius (photo) and a possible well-worn sestertius. A medieval bronze belt buckle was also found together with a Chape of a 17th century belt buckle, a bag seal (19th century), a Regimental button (20th Regt, c1840) and 2 lead musket balls. Several members attended on a day of fine dry weather.

Roman denarius coin reverse
Roman denarius coin reverse

Roman Denarius coin

Whitberry Point (St Baldred’s Cradle) 

Geophys scan of Whitberry
Geophys scan of Whitberry Point

The Society surveyed a prominent mound at Whitberry Point (St Baldred’s Cradle) in East Lothian on Saturday 29th August with David Connolly.

The survey was well supported by EAFS volunteers and results were very interesting with clear high resistance anomalies, although only excavation would reveal which anomalies are potentially prehistoric or WWII in origin.

 

Hedderwick

A survey on 12th September of a recently harvested field at Hedderwick which had produced metal detector finds was less successful revealing anomalies that were most probably geological. The weather was less kind to us but it did stop raining after lunchtime.

hedderwick

Tantallon Castle

Members of the public visit the excavation
Members of the public visit the excavation

The excavations at Tantallon Castle from 2 – 13 September with Adrian Cox of Historic Scotland (as was) and Gordon Ewart of Kirkdale Archaeology were again very successful. Two trenches in the Outer Ward revealed a large wall foundation with associated stone paving and much animal bone. There was also a wide stony bank traced running through both trenches. Finds included some enigmatic metal items. Two trenches in the Inner Courtyard discovered the usual spread of clay and possible buried turf. A final trench was opened to define the profile of the large ditch feature on the western perimeter of the site. On the final weekend there was a very well supported open day despite rain on Saturday with re-enactors and much weaponry and artillery.

We await the post-excavation results with interest.

Excavation at Tantallon Castle
Excavation at Tantallon Castle