Palace project to unearth buried secrets

Linlithgow Palace.
Linlithgow Palace.

A new project on the archaeology and history of Linlithgow Palace and Peel has been launched with hopes of finding Roman remains.

Experts want to unearth evidence of earlier settlements on the site, and find out more on how the property was used by the royal court and key figures in history.

The project will be funded through income generated by Chanel’s Métiers D’Art show, held at Linlithgow Palace last December, and will begin with analysis of early maps, historical records, reports, previous interventions and aerial imagery.

A geophysical survey will also be commissioned to assess the area around the Palace and Peel, which will detect any buried archaeological remains and will allow archaeologists to build up a 3D picture of them.

Scottish culture minister Fiona Hyslop said: “This exciting project aims to shed light on the architectural history of the Palace, teaching us more about how it was built and developed over time. The findings will be fed back to visitors via enhanced interpretation at the site, giving them a more comprehensive understanding of the history of one of Scotland’s most spectacular attractions.”

A standing building survey, which combines laser scanning and measured drawing, will be undertaken in parts of the Palace, to look at the phased development of the building over the centuries.

Linlithgow Palace has seen an increase in visitors since it hosted Chanel’s Métiers D’Art show last year.