Thursday, July 12, 2012

The Lewisvale Park Roman Remains

Lewisvale Park Roman remains

May 2012 marks the beginning of AOC Archaeology Group's post excavation programme of works on the spectacular Roman remains uncovered in Lewisvale Park, Musselburgh, East Lothian. The programme is being funded by East Lothian Council, and has been agreed with Historic Scotland in line with Scheduled Monument Consent. Work is now underway and you can follow progress on this exciting project here.

An unexpected discovery…..

In March 2010 AOC Archaeology Group was undertaking routine archaeological investigations in advance of the erection of a new cricket pavilion in Lewisvale Park, Inveresk, East Lothian, when two large sandstone slabs were uncovered.

It soon became apparent from the ornately carved side panels that these two slabs were significant remains relating to the Roman occupation of Inveresk, and by the end of the day it had been confirmed that they were in fact Roman altars. Wider excavation revealed that they had been deposited in a pit also containing an altar base and an area of paving.