Past Lives of Leith: Archaeological Work for Edinburgh Trams

Julie Franklin, Carmelita Troy, Kate Britton, Donald Wilson, John A. Lawson

Research output: Book/ReportBook


This detailed illustrated book accompanies the exhibition 'Past Lives of Leith: Archaeological Work for Edinburgh Trams' at the Museum of Edinburgh, from 29th March to 6th October 2019.

The exhibition coincides with the publication of the results from the 2009 archaeological excavations undertaken by the City of Edinburgh Council (CEC) and Headland Archaeology, in advance of the Edinburgh Tram in Constitution Street, Leith, which unearthed an unknown section of the graveyard associated with South Leith Parish Church. The exhibition explores the results of the detailed forensic analysis undertaken of the nearly 400 burials uncovered, which have shed new details on the life and death of the ordinary inhabitants of Leith.

The exhibition also showcases forensic art reconstructions undertaken for the project by students working as part of an internship developed between CEC Archaeology Service and the University of Dundee Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherThe City Council of Edinburgh
Number of pages234
ISBN (Print)9780900353345
Publication statusPublished - 28 Mar 2019


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