A talk describing the excavations of Perth’s medieval Carmelite friary in advance of the sites planned redevelopment.

This talk will describe the excavations of Perth’s medieval Carmelite friary in advance of the sites planned redevelopment. First investigated by the speaker in 1982 and then again in 2008 this new rescue excavation of the remainder of the church, the west range and cloister has discovered a whole variety of unusual burial practices, surviving internal elements of the friary buildings and is providing some unique and important insights into the operation and demise of one of the medieval burghs least understood monastic houses.

Derek studied at the Dorset Institute of Higher Education, Weymouth where he gained a Certificate in Practical Archaeology (graduating in 1978). From 1976 to 1980 he worked on archaeological sites throughout Scotland and England, including one of the first urban rescue excavations in Scotland in advance of the Elgin Relief road.

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