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Investigations at Amisfield: A Late Medieval Scottish Tower House

Author(s): Tom Connolly ; Julie M. Schablitsky ; Robert S. Neyland ; Guy L. Tasa ; Vivien J. Singer ; Chelsea Rose ; Michael P Roller ; Bob Ward ; John S. Craig ; Jaime Dexter

Year: 2015

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The "Debatable Lands" of the Scottish-English border region remained a frontier in a virtual state of war for centuries. Conflicts with England (the Border Wars) were punctuated with feuds among powerful Scottish families for dominance. Landholding families built small fortified towers for security in this hostile environment. Amisfield Tower, one of the best preserved small towers in Scotland, served the Charteris family from at least AD 1400 to 1630. Excavations adjacent to the tower sampled a stratified midden—rich in artifacts and faunal and botanical remains—exceeding two meters deep that provides information on the history of the tower’s construction, and the economic and domestic lives of the tower’s occupants and supporting community. This evidence is accompanied by a rich textual record of Amisfield’s violent history.

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Investigations at Amisfield: A Late Medieval Scottish Tower House. Tom Connolly, Julie M. Schablitsky, Robert S. Neyland, Guy L. Tasa, Vivien J. Singer, Chelsea Rose, Michael P Roller, Bob Ward, John S. Craig, Jaime Dexter. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 433974)


Temporal Keywords
AD 1400-1630

Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 228

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America