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Archaeologists find secret chamber at Drum Castle
Scotsman, STAHB ^ | Thursday, July 4, 2013 | Frank Urquhart

Posted on 07/06/2013 12:33:35 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

Drum Castle, the seat of the Chief of Clan Irvine for centuries, has the oldest keep in Scotland and is the oldest intact building in the care of the trust.

The trust is planning to bring in specialists to remove cement pointing on the ancient tower and replace it with traditional, breathable lime mortar to help preserve the historic keep.

And the hidden chamber -- complete with its medieval toilet -- was uncovered while initial archaeological investigations were being conducted by Dr Jonathan Clark from FAS Heritage.

Dr Clark...: "We were surprised that when we carefully unblocked the windows and peered in, and through the dim light of a torch and the mists of dust and trapped for centuries, to find a perfectly preserved medieval chamber, complete with the remains of the guarderobe (toilet) including the remains of the original toilet seat and the original entrance doorway for the medieval hall."

...The archaeologists also discovered a second secret chamber in the tower today as their investigations continued.

Dr Clark revealed: "As work continued this morning, we made another exciting discovery -- a second chamber which legend says is where Mary Irvine hid her brother for three years after defeat in the Battle of Culloden. This is a huge discovery for Drum.

(Excerpt) Read more at scotsman.com ...


TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: castle; drumcastle; ggg; godsgravesglyphs; scotland; scotlandyet
Drum Castle, near Banchory, is the oldest intact building in the care of the National Trust for Scotland. Picture: Complimentary

Drum Castle, near Banchory, is the oldest intact building in the care of the National Trust for Scotland. Picture: Complimentary

1 posted on 07/06/2013 12:33:35 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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2 posted on 07/06/2013 12:33:53 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv

They found the Executive Bathroom!


3 posted on 07/06/2013 12:38:01 PM PDT by TaMoDee ( Lassez les bons temps rouler dans les 2013! Geaux, Pack, Geaux!)
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To: TaMoDee

So, the original meaning of “Drum Line” was the queue for the loo?


4 posted on 07/06/2013 12:48:20 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: SunkenCiv

A bathroom without a window or exhaust fan? Better not let the building inspector find out about that.


5 posted on 07/06/2013 12:49:17 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( ==> sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog

;’) Especially after the haggis.


6 posted on 07/06/2013 12:51:09 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Was the seat up or down?


7 posted on 07/06/2013 1:29:35 PM PDT by TrueKnightGalahad
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To: TaMoDee

Sealed it up after it became to foul smelling.


8 posted on 07/06/2013 2:15:54 PM PDT by riverrunner
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To: SunkenCiv

The Irvines still own a lot of land.


9 posted on 07/06/2013 2:19:33 PM PDT by Defiant (In the next rebellion, the rebels will be the ones carrying the American flag.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Anything like like Castle Anthrax?

"And after the spanking, the oral sex."

10 posted on 07/06/2013 2:31:47 PM PDT by eCSMaster (Palin was right (again)!)
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To: SunkenCiv

Man Cave.....?????


11 posted on 07/06/2013 2:48:55 PM PDT by njslim (St)
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To: SunkenCiv

Here I am expecting another one of Sunken Civs patented articles with beautiful photos and interesting subjects, and I get an article about an old potty. Methinks you are perhaps a trickster at times.


12 posted on 07/06/2013 3:15:57 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: sionnsar

Scotland ping...


13 posted on 07/06/2013 3:43:20 PM PDT by Twotone (Marte Et Clypeo)
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To: blueunicorn6

A recent old-potty article had very interesting information about intestinal parasites and so on.


14 posted on 07/06/2013 4:04:00 PM PDT by Tax-chick (And I'm like, "So we die. Whatever.")
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To: SunkenCiv

Did they find Jimmy Hoffa?


15 posted on 07/06/2013 4:31:28 PM PDT by kaehurowing
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To: SunkenCiv

Are the end-buildings leaning in? The right-hand one seems strongly off vertical.


16 posted on 07/06/2013 5:58:21 PM PDT by lepton ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into"--Jonathan Swift)
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To: blueunicorn6; Tax-chick

b.u.6 is right, I’ve been caught in my trickster ways, and flushing with embarrassment.


17 posted on 07/06/2013 6:33:53 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv

*snert*


18 posted on 07/06/2013 7:07:34 PM PDT by Tax-chick (And I'm like, "So we die. Whatever.")
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To: SunkenCiv

“After The Haggis” would be a great band name.


19 posted on 07/06/2013 10:41:09 PM PDT by Salamander (.......Uber Alice!.......)
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To: SunkenCiv

Pretty cool.


20 posted on 07/07/2013 5:10:19 AM PDT by patton (“Really? Have you tried chewing cloves?”)
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To: eCSMaster

that’s “aural sects”


21 posted on 07/07/2013 7:06:54 AM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: SunkenCiv
David Macaulay/Motel of the Mysteries ping:




22 posted on 07/07/2013 7:20:07 AM PDT by tanknetter
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To: SunkenCiv
What is pictured is the Jacobean addition. The side view reveals the medieval tower, the oldest part of the Castle.


23 posted on 07/08/2013 1:57:42 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: tanknetter

I saw this once long ago- and have been looking for it, ever since. Thanks!


24 posted on 07/08/2013 4:24:28 PM PDT by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: Riley
I saw this once long ago- and have been looking for it, ever since. Thanks!

You're welcome! I was really into the Macaulay books as a kid - kept them checked out from the local/school library endlessly (well, not so much, I eventually did give them back).

About four years ago the National Building Museum in Washington DC had a Macaulay exhibit. And a heck of a lot of his books in the bookstore (on discount too!) Having much more disposable income than I did when I was 12, I bought all the ones I remembered - Motel of the Mysteries, Unbuilding, Cathedral, Pyramid (although I think his proposed construction methods have been overtaken by new theories), and Castle. Also Mill, which I hadn't seen before.
25 posted on 07/08/2013 6:34:35 PM PDT by tanknetter
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To: lepton

I think that’s an optical illusion due to looking up-slope towards the building.


26 posted on 07/09/2013 7:51:55 PM PDT by mbj
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