Some new reports

19 October 2015

Here are a few more reports on the work of BAG. The only remaining bastle excavation report is for Glenochar and this is in prep, Glenochar was the largest post medieval project done by BAG. There are still several other projects and research reports to bring to the web and these will follow as and when they are done, so please keep and eye out for them.

Miscellany of Bastle Houses | 2015 | 3.2MB – Tam Ward, BAG

Harehill Knowe near Broughton, Peebleshire survey and excavation | 2015 | 554KB | Tam Ward, BAG | As part of a larger research project, itself originating from a programme of survey work in Upper Tweeddale by Biggar Archaeology Group, a trial trench was opened on a prominent isolated mound near Broughton and which is known as Harehill Knowe. The limited work showed that the feature was probably for the most part natural but with anthropogenic additions of a surrounding dyke, plantation and a capping of stone covering the overall mound.

Excavation of three Early Christian graves at Lyne, near Peebles | 2005 | 1.5MB | Tam Ward, Bag | The discovery of a single cist found to be eroding from a gravel bank led to the detection of a further two cists, all of which were shown by excavation to be long cists of Early Christian date. The site was consequently created into a heritage trail.

Broughton Heights Archaeological Survey | 1.5MB | 1999 | Tam Ward, BAG | Field walking and survey of an upland landscape in Borders Region has produced a new level of data on pre-historic and post medieval monuments. A significant series of burnt mounds in particular adds a new dimension to the study of the area.

The partial excavation of Glendoroch Bastle House, near Crawfordjohn, South Lanarkshire | 1.5MB | 2015 | Tam Ward, BAG | Partial excavation of a previously unrecorded building showed it to belong to the Bastle House tradition of building and formed one of a group of similar buildings to eventually be discovered and excavated by the Biggar Archaeology Group. Finds from the site substantiated the conclusion that the place was built circa 1600 and occupied until the early 19th century when it was replaced by shepherds cottage, built primarily from the bastle house itself.

Partial Excavation of the 17th Century Settlement of Coom in the Daer Valley | 1.5MB | Tam Ward, BAG | Survey and excavation trenches produced evidence of a series of buildings, their floors and finds dating to the 17th and 18th centuries on the previously unrecorded site of Coom.