glasgow archaeological society.
block, has been made a grotesque, whether by a Roman or
more modern hand.
A section was dug within the limits of the station, on the
normal line of the vallum, 10 yards west of the western stone
dyke at Croy Houses, but no trace of a kerb or indication of
the base was found. There was discovered1 a small piece of the
red pottery formerly known as Samian ware.
Croy.—Section No. 7.
[ Vallum quite worn down. Only vallum sectioned.]
The seventh section lies on the sharp ascending eastern slope
of the second ridge of Croy Hill, near the top of the steepest
part of the slope, and at a distance of 277 feet west from the
western stone dyke at Croy Houses. The ground on which
the vallum stands here has been under the plough, so that
its remains are not apparent on the surface. No kerbs were
found here, but the bottoming of rough stone presented the
other usual features, and was exposed below the surface. The
soil is red, with patches of the whitish clayey substance, which,
however, is scarce here. The layering all through is clear.
Four thin black lines can be followed for two-thirds of the
width of the stone base. Their general parallelism is very good,
and they make at some points forks with each other. Measuring
from the bottom their relative places are as follows:—
1st black line, 5 inches up from the base ;
2nd „ 7 inches up;
3rd „ 10 inches up ; and
4th „ 16 inches up.
It is to be noted that the whitish clayey substance seems to be
in layers also; at any rate, there are streaks of it continued
apparently in line for 3 or 4 feet at some places.
In this section, about a foot from the surface, there was found
a portion of a Roman quern.2 The grooving was much decayed,
By Dr. Robert Munro, Secretary to the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.
Now in the custody of Mr. Park at Croy House. See block, p. 61.