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Blackpotts, St Abbs, Scottish Borders - 2009

Blackpotts, St Abbs, Scottish Borders - 2009

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1.3 8 Trenches and trial pits were opened to investigate the potential of the surviving archaeology and characterise it’s depth, condition and date. It became clear that dating material was almost entirely absent from the record and the features recorded (including the bank, well ditch and posthole) were not indicative of any particular period. Due to the gorse cover and the burning associated with control in the past, the thin topsoil was scorched and may affect any charcoal recovered from anything other than a deep secure context. The depth of topsoil in the hill was thin, and came down directly onto bedrock in most cases, while the slope wash covering the glacial till surrounding the hill made distinguishing even the substantive feature of the ditch a difficult activity.
1.3 8 Trenches and trial pits were opened to investigate the potential of the surviving archaeology and characterise it’s depth, condition and date. It became clear that dating material was almost entirely absent from the record and the features recorded (including the bank, well ditch and posthole) were not indicative of any particular period. Due to the gorse cover and the burning associated with control in the past, the thin topsoil was scorched and may affect any charcoal recovered from anything other than a deep secure context. The depth of topsoil in the hill was thin, and came down directly onto bedrock in most cases, while the slope wash covering the glacial till surrounding the hill made distinguishing even the substantive feature of the ditch a difficult activity.

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Blackpotts, St Abbs, Scottish BordersEvaluation, Survey and Gorse Clearance
June 2009Carried out on behalf of The National Trust for Scotland
 
Buildings Archaeologist and Heritage Consultant
TRAPRAIN HOUSELUGGATE BURNWHITTINGEHAMEEAST LOTHIANEH41 4QA T : 01620 861643 E : INFO@BAJR.ORG
 
 Table of Contents
21.0 SUMMARY 22.0 INTRODUCTION 33.0 OBJECTIVES 64.0 METHODOLOGY 75.0 RESULTS 95.1 Fieldwork 95.2 The Trenches 11
5.2.1
Trench 1 11
5.2.2
Trench 2 11
5.2.3
Trench 3 12
5.2.4
Trench 4 12
5.2.5
Trench 5 13
5.2.6
Trench 6 13
5.2.7 
Trench 7 13
5.2.8
Trench 8 135.3 Survey 145.4 Artefacts 156.0 CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS 16
ILLUSTRATIONS
Figure 1:
Location plan.
Figure 2:
Site Plan
Figure 3:
Trench plans and sections
Appendix 1
: Context List
Appendix 2
: Photo List
Appendix 3
: Artefact List
 
Appendix 4:
Stratigraphic matrix
References
DES EntryPhoto Thumbnails
 
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Glasgow Edinburgh AberdeenInverness
North Sea
Figure 1: Location Plan
Blackpotts, St Abbs, Scottish Borders 2009
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This map is based on an Ordnance Survey digital map reproduced with the permission of HM Stationery Office © Crown Copyright NTS licence No. 100023880.
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Blackpotts Settlement

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