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Branxton Cottage,enclosure 300m east of

A Scheduled Monument in Dunbar and East Linton, East Lothian

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Latitude: 55.9454 / 55°56'43"N

Longitude: -2.4167 / 2°24'59"W

OS Eastings: 374074

OS Northings: 672559

OS Grid: NT740725

Mapcode National: GBR NFD0.1L7

Mapcode Global: WH8W7.VTDL

Entry Name: Branxton Cottage,enclosure 300m E of

Scheduled Date: 31 January 1994

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5890

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Innerwick

County: East Lothian

Electoral Ward: Dunbar and East Linton

Traditional County: East Lothian


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

The monument occupies a relatively level site on the crest of a E-W ridge at around 125m OD. The enclosure is defined by a circular ditch some 3-4m wide which encloses an area approximately 60m in diameter. There are indications of opposed entrances on the E and W although these are not well-defined.

The S part of the enclosure is not visible on the available photographs and appears to have suffered more severe plough truncation than the remainder of the enclosure due to its position on a break of slope. Two dense, dark sub-circular cropmarks in the N half of the interior may represent the remains of occupation deposits associated with internal structures.

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 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 domestic organisation and economy. The likely survival of internal deposits will provide detailed information on the layout and use of the settlement.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 77 SW 5.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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