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Black Castle,enclosure

A Scheduled Monument in Dunbar and East Linton, East Lothian

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Latitude: 55.9463 / 55°56'46"N

Longitude: -2.4254 / 2°25'31"W

OS Eastings: 373530

OS Northings: 672664

OS Grid: NT735726

Mapcode National: GBR NFC0.3LX

Mapcode Global: WH8W7.QS8W

Entry Name: Black Castle,enclosure

Scheduled Date: 1 November 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5850

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 enclosure lies on a level terrace above the Ogle Burn at around 145m OD. It is oval in shape defined by a single ditch some 2-3m wide. The enclosure measures approximately 60m NE-SW by 40m with no clearly defined entrance. A large, dark, annular cropmark occupies most of the interior of the site probably representing the remains of occupation material.

The monument is most likely to represent the remains of an enclosed settlement dating to the Iron Age with preserved traces of internal activity potentially including domestic 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 100m 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, particularly in view of the evidence for surviving internal occupation deposits. These deposits may also be expected to contain valuable evidence for the contemporary environment and economy of the site.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 77 SW 52.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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