September 15, 2009

Scottish Cluniac drain dig

Archaeologists from Glasgow University yesterday began digging in the grounds of Paisley Abbey, hoping to shed light on life in a medieval Scottish monastery.

The team, backed by volunteers from Renfrewshire Local History Forum, is carrying out a 12-day excavation of an ancient drain that lay undisturbed until its discovery in 1990. An initial excavation revealed an arched corridor almost 6ft high, and uncovered pottery fragments and gaming pieces, a complete chamber pot, and other artefacts. . .

Archaeology professor Steven Driscoll, part of the Glasgow team, said the site was uniquely well preserved. "What's unusual is that it hasn't been messed with. This is a loo that hasn't been flushed for 500 years. We have a kind of sealed environment, containing artefacts like the earliest known piece of Scottish music, which we found scratched into pieces of slate."

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Posted by David on September 15, 2009 9:52 PM

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