Archaeological treasures revealed in Edinburgh hotel groundwork


Blackleaf
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Archaeological relics dating back to the 10th Century have been unearthed during groundwork for a new hotel in Edinburgh.

The discoveries were made at the India Buildings site in Victoria Street, which is being turned into a hotel by Virgin Group.

Objects uncovered in the dig included jewellery, footwear, and tools.

Archaeological treasures revealed in Edinburgh hotel groundwork


28 June 2019
BBC News


Archaeologists unearthed a 15th Century stone building during the excavation

Archaeological relics dating back to the 10th Century have been unearthed during groundwork for a new hotel in Edinburgh.

The discoveries were made at the India Buildings site in Victoria Street, which is being turned into a hotel by Virgin Group.

Objects uncovered in the dig included jewellery, footwear, and tools.

The hotel's opening has been put back until 2021 in light of the historical discoveries.

Parts of the original city walls have also been discovered during the excavation work.

Edinburgh City Council archaeologist John Lawson told the Edinburgh Evening News that the project was one of the "most significant urban excavations ever undertaken in Scotland."


One of the major discoveries was an 11th Century stone floor


A medieval gaming die was uncovered during the excavation

Mr Lawson said that a series of buildings which pre-dated the the formation of the medieval town in the 12th Century had been found for the first time.

He said that the quality of the items' preservation had been "outstanding".

Virgin Hotels chief executive Raul Leal said: "We always knew India Buildings was a special place and a very special development, though I'm not sure we could have guessed just how amazing it really is.

"A unique insight has been gained into life in Edinburgh and the city's development over nearly 1,000 years."


A leather water or wine pouch from a 15th Century well was recovered

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotla...-fife-48799286
 
MHz
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Archaeological treasures


Why not call it for what it is, somebody was so careless with some precious objects they became 'lost'. A lot like you lost your moral compass and all your colonies.
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by MHz View Post

Archaeological treasures


Why not call it for what it is, somebody was so careless with some precious objects they became 'lost'. A lot like you lost your moral compass and all your colonies.

They are still archaeological treasures/
 
Curious Cdn
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A leather water or wine pouch from a 15th Century well was recovered
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotla...-fife-48799286

Huts Mon!


Someone tried to bury a bag pipes out in the back yard!

...probably to shut it up ...
 
MHz
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

They are still archaeological treasures/

How did the art get to be 'priceless' as most of the painting would not even sell on the first day of a garage sale? Overpay and suddenly junk is worth a lot of money. The Royals seem to have more 'heritage sites' that are crumbling ruins than being at all important even back when they actually had a use.
A chicken in Mexico isn't very valuable until a foreigner runs it over and kills it, then it is, . . . . .wait for it, . . . priceless.
 

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