1,000 Years of Archaeology Emerges from Virgin Hotel Site in Edinburgh Delaying Branson's Plans

June 30, 2019 - General
A selection of site features and artifacts found during the archaeological dig in Edinburgh, Scotland prior to a Virgin Hotel construction project

Sir Richard Branson’s first Virgin Hotel in the UK, which is being constructed in Edinburgh, will be delivered a year late. This is due to archaeologists uncovering 1000 years of artifacts at the site – artifacts which are providing new insights about the origins of the ancient city.

Last November, The Scotsman published an article about the “painstaking excavation at the Cowgate’s India Buildings in Edinburgh,” where archaeologists discovered artifacts dating to the 10th century, some two centuries before king David I created the town burgh and even predating the iconic Edinburgh Castle. Among the finds last year were “the outline of an old street and a 200-year-old tailors – as well as clay pipes, a pin made of bone, and pottery fragments from 700 years back.”

Richard Conolly, of CgMs Heritage, who are managing the archaeological works, told reporters: “With any luck, we might catch a section of the town’s medieval defences at the west end of Cowgate.”

Overview of the archaeological excavation site in Edinburgh

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