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The discovery of medieval deposits beneath the Earl’s Palace, Kirkwall, Orkney

The discovery of medieval deposits beneath the Earl’s Palace, Kirkwall, Orkney

Cox, Eoin McB et. al.

Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, (1998), 567-580

ABSTRACT
Small-scale excavations in 1982, immediately east of the early 17th-century Earl’s Palace, in Kirkwall, were designed to identify a ground level contemporary with the palace. In the event it was found that the present ground level was little different to that which had existed when the palace was built. Beneath a layer of garden soil, however, a series of well-preserved medieval deposits was encountered and partly excavated. These are probably associated with the earlier Bishop’s Palace, or ‘Palace of the Yards’. The finds included a very fine Scandinavian-type comb and waterlogged wood. The project was funded by the Scottish Development Department I Historic Buildings & Monuments division, predecessors to Historic Scotland.

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