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27 February 2004
Iron Age enclosure found in Edinburgh

The remains of a 3000-year-old stone enclosure have been found in Edinburgh Scotland. The discovery was made by workmen in the Broomhouse area of the city during work on a new bus route.
     The site has now been taken over by Headland Archaeology for a fuller evaluation. Archaeologists have dated the structure, which measures 40m by 30m, to around 1000BCE, placing it in the late Bronze Age or early Iron Age.
     A Headland Archaeology spokesman said: "The development on this site has given us an opportunity to carry out research into the historical landscape of the Broomhouse area. It’s likely the timber structure was used as a farm steading enclosure or a corral for livestock. Excavating, recording and collecting artefacts from the site will give us a better understanding of what it was used for."
     Local council archaeologist John Lawson added: "This is the first such monument to be excavated within the city’s boundaries. It probably dates to the late Bronze Age or early Iron Age, although recent work in Scotland has shown that this type of enclosure may also date to the early medieval period, around the tenth to 13th century AD. Either way, it is an important site in Edinburgh’s history."

Source: Edinburgh Evening News (26 February 2004)

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