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Knowes Mill,ring ditch and enclosure 400m NNW of

A Scheduled Monument in Dunbar and East Linton, East Lothian

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Latitude: 55.9972 / 55°59'49"N

Longitude: -2.6347 / 2°38'4"W

OS Eastings: 360510

OS Northings: 678433

OS Grid: NT605784

Mapcode National: GBR 2Y.V20X

Mapcode Global: WH8VY.HJM9

Entry Name: Knowes Mill,ring ditch and enclosure 400m NNW of

Scheduled Date: 16 December 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5868

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: house

Location: Prestonkirk

County: East Lothian

Electoral Ward: Dunbar and East Linton

Traditional County: East Lothian


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

The monument lies on gently sloping arable farmland at around 45-50m OD some 350m NW of the River Tyne. The ring ditch lies on the W part of the site and is formed by a penannular ditch some 2m broad, enclosing an area some 10-12m in diameter. The ring ditch has a well- defined SE facing entrance. It appears to represent the remains of a prehistoric timber domestic building.

Approximately 120m ENE of the ring ditch is an enclosure defined by a single ditch enclosing an oval area with dimensions of approximately 20m N-S by 15m. This may represent the remains of a further timber house but is perhaps more likely to represent an enclosure.

The area to be scheduled is in two parts encompassing the visible features and areas around them in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. Both parts are circular with diameters of 70m 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 settlement and economy. The chronological and functional relationships between the two principal features will be important in establishing the nature and development of prehistoric economic practice.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 67 NW 18.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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