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Thurston,enclosure 800m WNW of

A Scheduled Monument in Dunbar and East Linton, East Lothian

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Latitude: 55.9656 / 55°57'56"N

Longitude: -2.4705 / 2°28'13"W

OS Eastings: 370729

OS Northings: 674833

OS Grid: NT707748

Mapcode National: GBR ND8Y.DZ1

Mapcode Global: WH8W7.0BW1

Entry Name: Thurston,enclosure 800m WNW of

Scheduled Date: 7 February 1994

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5896

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 later prehistoric date represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument occupies a relatively level area on otherwise sloping ground at around 100m OD. It is defined by an annular ditch some 5-6m wide and is some 60m in overall diameter. There is no unambiguous trace of an entrance across the ditch. Set slightly off-centre within the enclosure is a diffuse, dark cropmark which appears to represent the remains of deposits associated with an internal building.

The enclosure lies close to a multivallate fort, probably of similar date, and in an area rich in cropmark sites of the same broad period. 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 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 later prehistoric domestic organisation and economy. The survival of internal occupation deposits will be of particular importance in this context. The proximity of the enclosure to the nearby fort, some 100m to the N, and its association with a wider landscape of enclosed settlement greatly enhances its significance.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 77 SW 31.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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