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New reconstruction drawing sheds light on the history of Tantallon Castle

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The history of Tantallon Castle has been brought to life thanks to new archaeological research which has led to reconstruction drawings being commissioned by Historic Scotland. Read the latest archaeology dig reports and finds in each issue of History Scotland magazine.

Recent excavations have shed light on what life was like at the castle, which overlooks the Firth of Forth near North Berwick.  In 2014, the demolished remains of a stone building in the castle’s outer close were found, and this year, archaeologists hope to shed more light on the development of these structures, and investigate the offensive ditch from the 1650/1 siege.

TANTALLON CASTLE UNCOVERED

Visitors to Tantallon Castle can see behind the scenes of a live archaeological dig, culminating in a weekend-long living history event on 12 and 13 September 2015, Tantallon Uncovered. Visitors are being offered the chance to see archaeology close-up with guided tours of the dig, and there is also the opportunity to handle and examine excavated artefacts and chat with the archaeologists.

The team will be on site until 14 September and are happy to explain their latest discoveries, which all add to knowledge of everyday life in what Historic Scotland describe as 'one of the most important castle sites surviving in the British Isles'.

Richard Strachan, Senior Archaeologist at Historic Scotland said: 'The results of the recent excavations have shed light on hitherto unknown parts of the castle: last year, excavation in the castle’s courtyard revealed a wall that divided this courtyard into two zones, one perhaps more residential in nature and the other more of a service area. 

The remains of 14th century ranges  and the demolished remains of a stone building in the castle’s outer close were also discovered, whilst excavated pottery, animal bone and other evidence has revealed how people lived during medieval times.'

Tantallon Castle, North Berwick EH39 5PN; tel: 01620 892727; website.

(Reconstruction drawing copyright Historic Scotland; modern photo copyright Malcolm Manners)

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