Archaeological dig uncovers rare 13th century ceramic face-mask jug in Scotland

February 12th, 2009 - 3:19 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Feb 12 (ANI): An archaeological dig has uncovered a rare ceramic face-mask jug dating back to the 13th century at a building site in Rothesay in Argyll, Scotland.

According to a report by BBC News, a house builder on the site of the former Rothesay Council Chambers and Sheriff Court buildings commissioned the dig.

The artefact will be surrendered to the Crown who will decide where it will be housed.

Rathmell Archaeology Ltd was commissioned to undertake a programme of archaeological works before building work commenced at the site as a condition of the planning consent.

Given the significance of the buildings and their location adjacent to Rothesay Castle, a comprehensive archaeological dig took place behind the High Street facade last October.

Fragments of other ceramics and metalwork were also unearthed.

A previous dig on the site in 2006 revealed two small sandstone walls and a compact layer of mortar interpreted as a possible floor which also contained fragments of medieval green glaze pottery.

These finds prompt this latest excavation.

We are all excited about the findings which have been uncovered on the site, said Alan McDougall, director of Fyne Homes.

Although Fyne Homes are committed to redeveloping Rothesay and breathing new life into the area it is still important that we remember that it is an ancient Royal Burgh with a rich and dynamic historical past, he added.

According to McDougall, This excavation has given us the chance to help further our understanding of how Rothesay grew and developed. (ANI)

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