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Glen Cottage,promontory fort 250m WNW of

A Scheduled Monument in Dunbar and East Linton, East Lothian

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Latitude: 55.9624 / 55°57'44"N

Longitude: -2.4729 / 2°28'22"W

OS Eastings: 370574

OS Northings: 674482

OS Grid: NT705744

Mapcode National: GBR ND7Y.RV0

Mapcode Global: WH8W6.ZDLG

Entry Name: Glen Cottage,promontory fort 250m WNW of

Scheduled Date: 22 November 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5847

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Dunbar

County: East Lothian

Electoral Ward: Dunbar and East Linton

Traditional County: East Lothian


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

The monument lies on a relatively level terrace above the steep NW bank of the Dry Burn at around 95m OD. Two semi-circular ditches seal off an area defined by the banks of the burn on the E, a tributary burn to the NE and a hollow to the S. The outer ditch is approximately 2-3m wide with an intervening space some 3-4m wide between it and the inner ditch, which is in turn some 3-4m wide. Neither ditch shows a clear entrance. The level area enclosed by the inner ditch measures approximately 50m N-S by 40m.

The fort is one of several enclosed domestic sites along the banks of the Dry Burn which appear likely to represent elements of a contemporary later prehistoric settlement pattern. The area to be scheduled comprises the visible features and an area around them in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. It is irregular in shape with maximum dimensions of 115m SSW -NNE by 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 domestic organisation and economy in the later prehistoric period. The significance of the monument is greatly enhanced by its association with the wider group of potentially contemporary sites representing related elements of a later prehistoric farming landscape along the Dry Burn.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 77 SW 2.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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