Client: Craiglockhart Developments Ltd.

Planning permission with conditions including the requirement for archaeological work had been approved for the construction of the development at 48 Craiglockhart Loan, Edinburgh, planning number 15/04991/FUL. It was, however, after the building of the foundations of the house, including the stripping of the site and consultation with John Lawson, Curator of Edinburgh City Archaeology that NG Archaeology Services was commissioned to carry out work.

Jamie O’Rouke of Craiglockhart Developments Ltd commissioned NG Archaeology Services to excavate the entire site including the remaining material within the footprint of the house. We were able to assist him and work commenced on the 10th of October 2016 and run until the 21st of October 2016.

In brief, two phases of work were agreed: Phase One - the excavation within the footprint of house, and Phase Two - the stripping and excavation of the remaining ground.

The discovery of the remains of a Bronze Age cist, which included a very small sherd of pottery and stone tools supported the earlier finds from previous excavations from earlier years that took place 30m across the road. This was a significant site overlooked by Craiglockhart Hill, a well-known Iron Age domestic and defence settlement.