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Glen Cottage,enclosure 300m WSW of

A Scheduled Monument in Dunbar and East Linton, East Lothian

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Latitude: 55.9608 / 55°57'38"N

Longitude: -2.4745 / 2°28'28"W

OS Eastings: 370472

OS Northings: 674298

OS Grid: NT704742

Mapcode National: GBR ND7Y.YXV

Mapcode Global: WH8W6.YFTQ

Entry Name: Glen Cottage,enclosure 300m WSW of

Scheduled Date: 22 November 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5846

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Dunbar

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 lies on gently sloping ground at around 95m OD, above the steep N bank of Dry Burn. The enclosure is semi-circular in shape, although it may have lost a considerable part of its S interior to erosion. The surviving portion is defined by a ditch some 6-8m wide with no entrance break.

It has overall dimensions of approximately 40m E-W by 25m. The interior contains a dense, dark cropmark which appears to represent the remains of occupation deposits. The monument is one of several enclosed settlements of various forms along the banks of Dry Burn. These sites in turn form part of a wider landscape of monuments centred around Pinkerton Hill.

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 semi-circular with a diameter of 110m 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. Its significance is enhanced by its association with the range of enclosed settlements in the vicinity which appear to form components of a contemporary pattern of settlement.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 77 SW 1.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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