Perth: The Archaeology and Development of a Scottish Burgh

This monograph is now out of print, but can be downloaded in pdf format. This is a large file (27 MB).

Perth is unique among Scottish towns for the depth and quality of its archaeological remains. As one of the earliest royal burghs, Perth played a leading role in the medieval kingdom, so it has an exceptionally rich archaeological record. The anaerobic soil conditions in the town centre have caused the preservation of a wealth of organic and inorganic remains, almost unparalleled in Scotland. These have made Perth one of the most important burghs for the study of medieval urban archaeology. This monograph reviews the strands of evidence contributing to the understanding of how Perth developed and considers how best to ensure that new development can be matched with the preservation of a valuable resource.