Perth Excavation

Over the last 3 years, Alder has been working in partnership with TAFAC (Tayside and Fife Archaeological Committee) with funding from Historic Scotland towards publishing one of the most important Medieval excavations ever to have taken place in Scotland: The Perth High Street Excavation.  These investigations, which took place in the centre of Perth where Marks and Spencers now stands between 1975 and 1977, revealed a vast assemblage important artifactual, strategraphic and environmental information relating to daily life in 14th century Perth.

Perth excavation

This important publication has now been synthesized into 4 fascicles.

Fascicule 1

Perhaps the most important volume, this fascicule contains a detailed, well-illustrated report on the excavations as well as a comprehensive chapter on the remarkable collection of twenty-nine medieval buildings.

Fascicule 2, the cermamics, metalwork and worked wood.

Many thousands of items were discovered and recorded as part of the excavation.  This volume reports on the pottery remains, the copper alloy artefacts, the ironwork and devotional objects.  Analysis of the large assemblage of everyday wooden objects which were recovered on the site also forms part of this fascicule. 

Fascicule 3, The textiles and the leather

Thanks to the waterlogged nature of the site, large quantities of leather artefacts, as well as wool and silk textiles survived centuries of burial in relativly good condition.  Over 400 fragments of textiles and over 6000 pieces of leather were recovered probably representing the most significant collection of such artefacts to have been excavated from a Scottish Medieval burgh.  

Fascicle 4, The environmental remains and micellanious finds

This Fascicule includes a full analysis of the bone assemblage and botanical remains as well as a compilation of reports on the worked bone, stone, flint and glass assemblages.

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Extract from Phase IIc showing the clustered wattle walled buildings and paths