These are some additional bits of information on Castledykes. Horse Harness This disc came from the decoration on the horse harness. Similar example can be seen on the statue of Marcus Aurelius. Comment ......more
This information is about a dig that we did before a cafe was made, which is now the Broomgate cafe previously the Wallace Tea Rooms. Archaeological Notes NS84SE 88.00 881 437 An investigation of ......more
The slope up to Cox`s was of interest. In the upper levels, we found early 14th century pottery plus a piece of Islamic Glass. This was a really interesting discovery as such a find is unusual in our ......more
Finds We are examining chiefly bones from the dig. The bones were mainly lamb and beef. The Friars did not stint themselves. There are also oyster shells (fresh water). The Monks ate oysters on holy ......more
This is a Turner (2d Scots), it was the equivalent of an English Farthing. This type of coin was in use for a very long time and is very often found by metal detectorists. However the condition of these ......more
This is a photo of a Merk of James VI`s reign of the period that William Lithgow was growing up in Lanark. A Merk in Scotland was worth 1/- English outside Scotland. In Scotland the Merk was worth 13/4d ......more
Clay Pipes These are typical 17th century pipes of the sort that William Lithgow smoked. On his trip to Turkey, he was the first European to sample coffee. These clay pipes were found at Boghall Castle ......more
These are some additional bits of information on Castledykes. Horse Harness This disc came from the decoration on the horse harness. Similar example can be seen on the statue of Marcus Aurelius.
Jug Handle This is a glass handle from a jug. Apart from using them on a day today basis, they used such glass containers to put peoples ashes in.
Glass Counter This is a glass gaming piece of the Roman period for playing the Roman equivalent of draughts.
Glass This is some glass found during field walking. The piece of green glass is definitely Roman. The Romans used glass bottles, containers and windows.
This is a head of a piece of decorated military equipment. It shows the God Mars
Celtic Gods This sculpture shows three heads is called a tricepholos from the Greek meaning three heads. It was found near Garrion Bridge. It is probably contemporary with the Roman Occupation of Scotland. ......more