Excavations at the Peel of Lumphanan, Aberdeenshire, 1975-9

Excavations at the Peel of Lumphanan, Aberdeenshire, 1975-9

Newton, Norman S. & Talbot, Eric J.

with contributions by J D Bateson, C A Dickson, J H Dickson,
D B Gallagher, J B Kenworthy, J C Murray & M J Stenhouse

Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 128 (1998), 653-670

Five seasons of excavation on this earthwork castle provided fragmentary information about the initial modification and occupation of a natural drumlin, with associated wet ditch, outer bank and stone causeway. In its earliest phase the site was associated with the Durward family. Ceramic and numismatic evidence indicates an initial occupation span from the mid 13th century to the early 14th century. Subsequently the site was reoccupied in the late 15th century and a ‘hall-house’ known as Haton House was built, going out of use in the 18th century. A wall enclosing the summit of the mound was shown to date from a period of agricultural improvement in the 1780s. A small assemblage of Mesolithic flints is also described. The excavation and post-excavation work were funded and managed by Historic Scotland.

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