And finally… New images depict Tantallon Castle’s medieval past

Tantallon CastleArchaeological excavations have uncovered tantalising glimpses of how Tantallon Castle might have looked in the 1400s.

Based on recent discoveries, Historic Scotland has been able to commission several new reconstruction drawings of the East Lothian castle’s medieval history.

In 2014, the demolished remains of a stone building in the castle’s outer close were found, and in 2015 archaeologists hope to shed more light on the development of these structures, and investigate the offensive ditch from the 1650/1 siege.

tantallon_reconstructionVisitors to Tantallon Castle can see behind the scenes of a live archaeological dig this week, culminating in a weekend-long living history event on the 12th and 13th September, 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.

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.”