Excavation at Edinburgh Castle Esplanade

Excavations for the new Tattoo stands on Edinburgh Castle esplanade have revealed the remains of a boundary wall dating back to the 17th Century. CFA Archaeology will now look at the surrounding area to gain a clearer understanding of what it was part of. A trench dug for one of more than 100 concrete pad foundations for the new stands revealed the remains of a wall around 1m (3.3ft) wide.

The works are part of a Scheduled Monument Consent granted by ministers. Last year the team found the foundations of the artillery bastion, known as the spur, that formed part of the outer defences dating to the 1540s.

Fiona Hyslop MSP, Minister for Culture and External Affairs, said:
“It is very exciting that this work to accommodate the new Tattoo stands is revealing previously unknown aspects of one of Scotland’s most iconic sites.”

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