Aberlady Heritage Project, 2008-09

In 2008-09, the Society completed an archaeology project over three sites: the medieval harbour quay, the “smuggler’s cave”, and the Butcher’s Field adjoining the Glebe. The harbour quay was not previously known of or recorded; the smuggler’s cave was confirmed as an extensive stone-walled tunnel beneath Kilspindie golf course and was likely a souterrain associated with the Iron Age fort that stood immediately above; while the Butcher’s field revealed no tangible evidence of early habitation. As part of the project the Society developed Teaching Packs for use by the local school and designed and installed interpretive panels on our rich heritage, including our Early Christian links to Iona and Lindisfarne.

Excavating the medieval harbour quay at low tide, June 2008.

Excavating the medieval harbour quay at low tide, June 2008.

Digging trenches in the Butcher’s Field, April 2008.

Digging trenches in the Butcher’s Field, April 2008.

Inaugaration of interpretive panels at the north side of the kirkyard by East Lothian Councillor Stuart Currie. Pupils from Aberlady Primary School proudly display copies of the Teaching Pack provided by the Society.

Inaugaration of interpretive panels at the north side of the kirkyard by East Lothian Councillor Stuart Currie. Pupils from Aberlady Primary School proudly display copies of the Teaching Pack provided by the Society.

Excavating the entrance to the “smuggler’s cave”, March 2009.

Excavating the entrance to the “smuggler’s cave”, March 2009.

Reports and information

Historical report on Aberlady

This report by History Tomorrow (University of Stirling) offers an overview of the surviving historical evidence for the port of Aberlady.

Smuggler’s Cave

Report of the excavations at the Smuggler’s Cave and a radar survey of the site.

Harbour

Report of the excavations at the harbour site and a dendrochronological analysis of timbers.

Butcher’s Field

Report of the excavations in the Butcher’s Field.

Butcher’s Field, Glebe Field and Kilspindie Golf Course geophysical surveys

This report covers geophysical surveys of all three sites carried out in April 2008

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