Hey lads and lasses! Check out this super fun article by Ben Miller of Culture24.org.uk “
Miller reports on the discovery of a “lost” Medieval town in Southern Scotland, likely spanning from the 15th to 17th centuries, and associated with the Battle of Philiphaugh in 1645. Recovery also includes artifacts from 18th and 19th century activity at the site.
The site report on this project (also linked at the bottom of the article) by Bob Will, Alan Hunter Blair, and others, is a really good read. As someone with a moderate obsession with all things Scottish (my ancestors were in Scotland at the time of the battle of Philiphaugh), I’m always super excited to read about sites like this.
It’s also a great example of how a multi-disciplinary approach can be really successful on historical sites. The location of the battlefield was derived through documentary research in conjunction with archaeological survey by Historic Scotland, the University of Stirling (under Dr. T Turpie), and the Center for Battlefield Archaeology at the University of Glasgow. Following work on the battlefield component, a cultural resource survey by Alan Hunter Blair for GUARD Archaeology, Ltd. in preparation for the construction of a pipeline, brought to light the extent of Medieval occupation in the area.
Now (happily), the pipeline has been rerouted and this exciting site can be studied and commemorated properly! I think this may require a celebratory scotch or two 😉
(Photo 1: Fieldwork being undertaken at the site Photo 2: A spindle whorl recovered in the excavations. All photos © Guard Archaeology Ltd)