Pavement Palaeontology in the press

Back in the dark days of December I took Teddy Jameson, a senior features writer for the Herald, and his colleague Gordon round some sites in central Edinburgh. Most of the sites are ones that I visit on the Pavement Palaeontology walk, which you can find out more about here.

Some great prose in the article but the particularly striking part for me was the impression that Teddy came away with from the Hutton Memorial Garden, which I tacked on to the walk. I’m fairly adept at weaving together places in the old town using back steps, closes and other shortcuts.


Entrance to Hutton Memorial Garden: secluded on St John’s Hill, Edinburgh`

Rather than filleting out Teddy’s piece, I’d suggest you go and read it yourself, bearing in mind that Hutton’s work on the Earth as a system, vulcanism and ‘deep time’ were all significant advances in geological theory.

Within the garden there is now a bench with a small plaque that commemorates Norman Butcher, who proposed the idea of the Hutton Memorial Garden.



Bench with plaque commemorating Norman Butcher






I am a palaeobiologist in my early 40's carrying out research work. I am based in Scotland.

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One comment on “Pavement Palaeontology in the press
  1. […] when they reopen bookings, although I need to alter the route descriptions, as some parts of the Pavement Palaeontology and Edinburgh Rocks! routes stop at or near pinch […]

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