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Templehall,enclosures 500m NNW of

A Scheduled Monument in Haddington and Lammermuir, East Lothian

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.892 / 55°53'31"N

Longitude: -2.9206 / 2°55'14"W

OS Eastings: 342519

OS Northings: 666920

OS Grid: NT425669

Mapcode National: GBR 8019.HQ

Mapcode Global: WH7V8.35HG

Entry Name: Templehall,enclosures 500m NNW of

Scheduled Date: 14 October 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5744

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: enclosure (domestic or defensive)

Location: Pencaitland

County: East Lothian

Electoral Ward: Haddington and Lammermuir

Traditional County: East Lothian

Description

This monument comprises the remains of two enclosed settlements of prehistoric date, represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs. The enclosures are situated on locally high ground, the smaller of the two lying on the crest of a ridge running NE-SW while the larger lies just below the crest to the SE. The smaller enclosure commands extensive views in all directions while the larger has views restricted to the S and E.

The smaller enclosure is oval with dimensions of approximately 50m NW-SE by 60m NE-SW. It is defined by

a relatively narrow ditch some 2-3m in width and has no clearly defined entrance. The larger enclosure, some 30m to the ESE, is also oval and is defined by a wider ditch, some 4-5m in width. This enclosure measures some 70m NW-SE by 60m, again with no clearly defined entrance. A series of dark cropmarks within this enclosure may represent the remains of internal structures and occupation debris. A further dark cropmark is visible between the two enclosures.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the visible features and an area around them in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. It is irregular in shape and has maximum dimensions of 310m ESE-WNW by 190m as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to contribute to our understanding of prehistoric settlement development and economy. The relationship between the two enclosures, both in terms of chronology and function, will provide insight into the organisation and development over time of prehistoric substance strategies and domestic organisation. The probable survival of internal deposits will be highly significant for the detailed analysis of prehistoric house construction and economic practice.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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RCAHMS records the monument as NT 46 NW 4.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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