Archaeologists investigate lost medieval chapel built to rest souls of kings in Edinburgh

medieval wellArchaeologists are analysing medieval finds following an intriguing community excavation at an Edinburgh farm

Archaeologists in Edinburgh have found a fragment of floor tile from high status medieval Scots and a circular, stone-lined well while searching for the remains of a chapel built almost 500 years ago.

Extensive research suggests the chapel, built by Sir Simon Preston in 1518 and created to rest the “souls” of James III and IV, still lies beneath the “unassuming” buildings of Bridgend Farm.

A fragment of possible medieval floor tile indicates a building of high status in the area – showing that it is not just a farm building.

A medieval church font was found by a former owner of the land, and an archaeological survey last year resulted in a Heritage Lottery Fund grant for a fuller investigation.

“The excavations unearthed clues which prove there was activity in the area at the time the chapel was constructed and in use,” said a spokesperson for Rubicon Heritage, who collaborated with an enthusiastic group of volunteers from the Greater Liberton Heritage Project.

Visit the Greater Liberton Heritage Project website for more information.



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