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Springfield,enclosure 400m SSE of

A Scheduled Monument in Dunbar and East Linton, East Lothian

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.9293 / 55°55'45"N

Longitude: -2.3975 / 2°23'51"W

OS Eastings: 375259

OS Northings: 670767

OS Grid: NT752707

Mapcode National: GBR NFF1.JC6

Mapcode Global: WH8WG.47LB

Entry Name: Springfield,enclosure 400m SSE of

Scheduled Date: 31 January 1994

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5894

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Oldhamstocks

County: East Lothian

Electoral Ward: Dunbar and East Linton

Traditional County: East Lothian

Description

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

The monument occupies a well-drained, locally high site at around 120m OD, above the steep descent down to Dunglass Burn. It comprises an oval enclosure defined by a narrow ditch or possibly a palisade, some 1-2m wide. It measures approximately 60m N-S by 50m. There are a number of slight cropmarks in the enclosure which may represent the remains of internal structures and deposits, though these are largely obscured by marks of geological origin.

The monument is one of a series of potentially contemporary enclosed settlements along the banks of the Dunglass Burn and its significance is enhanced by its association with this group.

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 100m as marked in red on the accompanying map. Maintenance of existing drainage is exempt from the provisions of the scheduling.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to add to our understanding of prehistoric domestic organisation and economy. The particular importance of the monument is enhanced greatly by its association with a series of potentially contemporary enclosed settlements in the vicinity.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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RCAHMS records the monument as NT 77 SE 56.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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