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The Gallery | Castle discovery

Archaeologists have hailed Glasgow’s most significant discovery “in a generation” after remains of two castles were found during construction works by Scottish Water.

The utility firm was carrying out early works in the Castlebank Street area on the north bank of the River Kelvin ahead of a £3M project to install a combined sewer overflow.

Workers found evidence of a 12th or 13th century medieval castle in Partick, as well as remnants of the little-known Partick Castle built on the same site about 400 years later.

A series of features were unearthed, including ditches, a well and stone walls; as well as fragments of pottery, metalwork, leather, glass and animal bones.

West of Scotland Archaeology Service spokesman Hugh McBrien said: “No-one knew anything about the 12th century Castle in Partick. There was documentary evidence that the bishops of Glasgow spent time in Partick and there have been historical references to ‘charters signed at Partick’. But that’s all.

“It has been known that there was a tower house or castle in the 17th century but all we had were antiquarian drawings and documents that refer to Partick Castle.

“This discovery is the first hard, tangible evidence that both castles existed. This is the most significant archaeological discovery in Glasgow in a generation.”

Scottish Water’s upgrade to the Greater Glasgow area’s waste water infrastructure includes the £100M Shieldhall Tunnel and anti-flooding projects such as a £12M investment in the Elmvale Row area of Springburn.

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