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Snawdon,fort 600m WSW of

A Scheduled Monument in Haddington and Lammermuir, East Lothian

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Latitude: 55.8994 / 55°53'57"N

Longitude: -2.6779 / 2°40'40"W

OS Eastings: 357709

OS Northings: 667573

OS Grid: NT577675

Mapcode National: GBR 90R7.12

Mapcode Global: WH7V5.VZ0B

Entry Name: Snawdon,fort 600m WSW of

Scheduled Date: 10 October 1994

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6106

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: fort (includes hill and promontory fort)

Location: Garvald and Bara

County: East Lothian

Electoral Ward: Haddington and Lammermuir

Traditional County: East Lothian


The monument comprises the remains of a bivallate fort of prehistoric date represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies in arable farmland at around 250m OD. The fort is defined by two concentric sub-rectangular ditches with the NE side being formed by a steep-sided watercourse. The area enclosed by the outer ditch measures approximately 100m NW-SE by 60m. The ditches are up to 5m in width and both have indications of a W-facing entrance. A series of ill-defined cropmarks within the fort may represent the remains of former timber buildings.

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 diameter of 145m 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 defensive settlement. The ditches may be expected to contain material relating to the construction and development of the defences while internal deposits may be expected to provide information on the organisation of domestic settlement within the fort.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 56 NE 33.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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