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Garvald Burn

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Record Detail

  • Organisation
    RCAHMS
  • Alternative name(s)
    N/A
  • Canmore ID
    123482
  • Site type
    CHERT SCATTER
  • Parish
    LINTON (TWEEDDALE)
  • Council
    PEEBLES-SHIRE
  • NGR
    NT 101 486
  • Latitude, longitude
    55.722445N, 3.432786W
  • Archeological notes
    NT14NW 50 101 486 NT 101 486 Fieldwalking was undertaken as part of the Lithic Scatters Project. The field was walked in lines 20m apart (extensive systematic) and several chert flakes and chunks were uncovered across the whole field. A concentration area of around 100 chert flakes was rewalked completely. Some microliths suggest Mesolithic activity. Future geophysics and test-pitting of the concentration is planned. Sponsor: Historic Scotland C Barrowman 1997 NT 101 486 Geophysics (magnetometry and magnetic susceptibility), phosphate analysis and test-pitting were carried out on a large chert scatter (over 100 pieces). Eleven test-pits (2 x 2m) were dug and sieved. Just over 1000 lithics were recovered; 660 pieces made up of cores, flakes, blades, microliths and debitage came from one test-pit. A burnt area (possible hearth) was exposed and recorded from an adjacent test-pit. Analysis of the lithics suggests a knapping floor and the production of blades and microliths, possibly Late Mesolithic. Sponsor: Historic Scotland C S Barrowman 1998. NT 101 486 This lithic surface scatter site indicates mesolithic activity along an indeterminate riverine feature of post glacial age, at the eastern end of the South Medwin Valley. Barrowman states that it is a site of National importance. For more information, see NMRS MS/670/6. NMRS MS/670/6 NT 101 486 A three week excavation of a surface lithic scatter at Garvald Burn (NMRS NT 14 NW 50) was carried out in August 2000. A combination of magnetic susceptibility and resistivity surveys were carried out, and a total of six excavation trenches were opened. Test pitting in 1997 (DES 1998, 80) had uncovered a possible hearth, but no related features. The linear morphology of the scatter suggested that there might be more hearths situated along the edge of a marshy area, which may have been flooded in early prehistory. The magnetic susceptibility survey showed many well-defined anomalies, some of which were interpreted as possible features. On excavation, however (Trenches 1 and 2), these were not located, and it was concluded that the anomalies related to geological features. The resistivity survey also showed clear geological features, and no archaeological anomalies. The excavation recovered approximately 1000 lithics of a similar nature to previous assemblages found through fieldwalking and test pitting. These include microliths, blades, waste flakes and chunks related to the knapping of lithics in situ. The original hearth spot was recovered in Trench 4, as well as two possible post-holes and four smaller stake-holes in a line, directly adjacent to where the hearth had been. These may have represented the remains of a small structure such as a wind break or cooking frame associated with the fire. On initial analysis, it appears that the knapping floor was situated directly to the S of the hearth spot, and that subsequent ploughing has moved the lithics to the N and W. The form of the lithic scatter as it lies now is a linear strip along the bottom of the field. This morphology, therefore, relates directly to tillage activity. The results of the excavation reinforce the idea that the lithic scatter represents minimal archaeological activity. It is likely that a small campsite was present at the site, perhaps of a very short duration. Sponsors: Historic Scotland, University of Glasgow. C Barrowman 2000
  • Architectural notes
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Related material information

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    Excavation at Garvald Burn
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    Examining finds at Garvald Burn
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    Detail of excavation at Garvald Burn
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    Detail of excavation at Garvald Burn
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    General view of excavation at Garvald Burn
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    Fieldwalking at Garvald Burn
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    Fieldwalking at Garvald Burn
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    Fieldwalking at Garvald Burn
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    Fieldwalking at Garvald Burn
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    Fieldwalking at Garvald Burn
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    Fieldwalking at Garvald Burn
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    Detail of trench at Garvald Burn
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    Surveying at Garvald Burn
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    Excavating feature at Garvald Burn
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    Excavating trench at Garvald Burn
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    Detail of trench at Garvald Burn
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    Geophysical survey at Garvald Burn
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    Geophysical survey at Garvald Burn

SCANNED IMAGES

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    Detail of trench at Garvald Burn
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    Fieldwalking at Garvald Burn
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    Processing finds at Garvald Burn
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    View of JCB at Garvald Burn
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    Detail of trench at Garvald Burn
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    Excavation at Garvald Burn
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    Examining finds at Garvald Burn
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    Detail of trench at Garvald Burn
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    Detail of trench at Garvald Burn
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    Detail of excavation at Garvald Burn
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    General view of excavation at Garvald Burn
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    General view of excavation at Garvald Burn
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    Sieving at Garvald Burn
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    General view of Garvald Burn
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    Sieving at Garvald Burn
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    Sieving at Garvald Burn
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    Sieving at Garvald Burn
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    Fieldwalking at Garvald Burn
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    Fieldwalking at Garvald Burn
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    Fieldwalking at Garvald Burn
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    Fieldwalking at Garvald Burn
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    Detail of trench at Garvald Burn
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    Fieldwalking at Garvald Burn
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    Detail of trench at Garvald Burn
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    Surveying at Garvald Burn
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    General view of trench at Garvald Burn
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    Excavating trench at Garvald Burn
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    Detail of of trench at Garvald Burn
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    Excavating feature at Garvald Burn
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    Detail of of trench at Garvald Burn
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    Detail of of trench at Garvald Burn
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    Excavating trench at Garvald Burn
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    General view of trench at Garvald Burn
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    Detail of trench at Garvald Burn
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    Excavating at Garvald Burn
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    Sieving at Garvald Burn
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    View of JCB excavator at Garvald Burn
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    General view of trench at Garvald Burn
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    Sieving at Garvald Burn
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    General view of trench at Garvald Burn
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    Geophysical survey at Garvald Burn
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    Geophysical survey at Garvald Burn
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    Geophysical survey at Garvald Burn

MANUSCRIPTS

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    Palaeoenvironmental Comments (JD) on the South Medwin Valley Project
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    Draft report on the South Medwin Valley Project
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    Draft report on the South Medwin Valley Project
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    NMRS print out of report on Dunsyre, South Lanarkshire
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    Viewfoil/overhead slides for talk on Garvald Burn: a lithic scatter experience
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    Notes for talk on Garvald Burn: a lithic scatter experience
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    Excel spreadsheet print out of finds, finder/donor and date.
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    Archaeology programme project summary sheet. Typed with hand written amendments.
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    Typed report on Garvald Burn lithic scatter: proposal for geophysics and excavation. Included hand written amendments.
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    Correspondence relating to Garvald excavations
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    Bundle of miscellanous papers, maps and hand written notes
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    Small Finds Record Sheets Trench 5
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    Context Record Sheets Trench 5
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    Environmental Record Sheets Trench 4
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    In situ finds Record Sheets Trench 4
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    Wet Sieved Record Sheets Trench 4
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    Context Record Sheets Trench 4
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    Environmental Sampling Record Sheets Trenches 1-3
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    Photographic Record Sheets Trenches 1-3
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    Drawing Record Sheets Trenches 1-3
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    Context Index Record Sheets Trenches 1-3
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    Small Finds Record Sheets Trenches 1-3
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    OS Map Pathfinder 447 Elsrickle and Romannobridge
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    Large green notebook - record of wet sieving
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    Four small scrap/notebooks.
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    Black A5 Notebook
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    Drawings and plans of trenches
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    Radio Carbon Dating Certificates and Samples Report
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    Radio Carbon Dating Samples Report
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    Geophysical Survey Report
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    Archaeobotanical Report
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    Lithic Scatter Structures Report
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    Garvald Burn lithic scatter, Stuctures Report December 2000, by Chris Barrowman, University of Glasgow, 2000

PHOTOGRAPHS

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    Fieldwalking at Garvald Burn
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    Processing finds at Garvald Burn
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    View of JCB at Garvald Burn
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    Detail of trench at Garvald Burn
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    General view of trench at Garvald Burn
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1st edition 6-inch maps

TitleDateOther parishes/counties
 Ordnance Survey six-inch to the mile, Peebles-shire, Sheet VII1857

1st edition 25-inch maps

TitleDateOther parishes/counties
 Ordnance Survey 25 inch to the mile Peebles, Sheet 007.041856
 Ordnance Survey 25 inch to the mile Peebles, Sheet 007.041857
 Ordnance Survey 25 inch to the mile Peebles, Sheet 007.041856