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Bara Loch,palisaded enclosure 250m south of

A Scheduled Monument in Haddington and Lammermuir, East Lothian

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Latitude: 55.9106 / 55°54'38"N

Longitude: -2.7019 / 2°42'6"W

OS Eastings: 356221

OS Northings: 668836

OS Grid: NT562688

Mapcode National: GBR 90K3.V1

Mapcode Global: WH7V5.GPMQ

Entry Name: Bara Loch,palisaded enclosure 250m S of

Scheduled Date: 20 June 1994

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6043

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: palisaded enclosure

Location: Garvald and Bara

County: East Lothian

Electoral Ward: Haddington and Lammermuir

Traditional County: East Lothian


The monument comprises the remains of a palisaded enclosed settlement of prehistoric date represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies in relatively level arable farmland in an area of generally poorly drained land at around 190m OD. Although the site commands extensive views to the N it is not a particularly dominant location and is overlooked by higher ground to the S. The enclosure is formed by a circular palisade with a diameter of approximately 50m.

There are no unambiguous indications of an entrance or of

internal features. The monument lies on the fringes of a dense landscape of prehistoric settlement focussed on the major prehistoric centre of Traprain Law. The Law itself forms a prominent landscape feature from the monument.

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 circular with a flattened NNW side, and has a maximum diameter of 90m, 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 add to our understanding of prehistoric settlement and economy. Its importance is greatly enhanced by its association with the wider landscape of prehistoric settlement in this part of East Lothian.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 56 NE 23.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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