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Level iii publications

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Plans of the palace

A separate document giving detailed plans of the Vaults level, Principal Level, Mezzanine Level, Upper Level, Attic Level and Roof Level. It also includes periodised plans of the Vaults Level, Principal Level and Upper Level. This is useful reference whilst reading many of the reports below, and is available to download via the link below.

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Interior & exterior elevations

by gordon ewart, dave murray & sarah hogg

The plan of the principal buildings in place until the reign of James IV evolved around three open spaces and exploited a series of natural building lines in turn defined by natural bedrock terracing. The three open spaces survive today as the Upper Square (Courtyard 1), Lower Square (Courtyard 2) and Lion’s Den (Courtyard 3), the major buildings for accommodation, defence and ritual/formal usage were distributed towards the edges of each of these relatively level areas on the natural rock summit […]

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Ladies' lookout excavation (phasing)

by dave murray

In this report an attempt will be made to divide the results of the various excavations in and around the Ladies’ Lookout into a single coherent account. A total of ten trenches were excavated in the area of the Ladies’ Lookout: Trenches 9 – 12, 14, 16 and 18 – 21. Trenches 10, 11 and 12 represent three small test trenches dug in October 2003 on the grassy sloping area immediately to the W of the Palace blocks West Range. During April and May of 2004 this area was almost entirely excavated as Trench 14 and the results of these test trenches have been […]

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Want both Level III reports?

Both the Level III publications can be downloaded in a single, self-extracting compressed archive using the link below. This also includes plans of both the castle and palace.

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