Botanic Cottage

Budding archaeologists from Edinburgh joined a drop-in session at the weekend to help dig the site of the former site of the Botanic Cottage, which once stood in Leith.

The Cottage, which is about to be redeveloped, will be moved brick by brick across to the Royal Botanic Garden, which long ago relocated to Inverleith.

The volunteer diggers came from across the Capital to take the opportunity to dig up the old site to uncover secrets from its botanical history.

They managed to unearth a Georgian wall and old plant pots and nails, and now have a clearer understanding of the layout of the old cottage. They also discovered an ornate pipe bowl, pictured.

You can find out about the history of the Botanic Gardens and Cottage when they were based on Leith Walk with this 11 minute film.

Find out more about the project, which the City of Edinburgh Council has supported, through Botanic Cottage.

Pipe head found in the grounds

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