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Baberton Mains,enclosure 400m west of

A Scheduled Monument in Pentland Hills, City of Edinburgh

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Latitude: 55.9126 / 55°54'45"N

Longitude: -3.3028 / 3°18'10"W

OS Eastings: 318662

OS Northings: 669598

OS Grid: NT186695

Mapcode National: GBR 50C2.RB

Mapcode Global: WH6SR.7NH6

Entry Name: Baberton Mains,enclosure 400m W of

Scheduled Date: 16 March 1995

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6190

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Currie

County: City of Edinburgh

Electoral Ward: Pentland Hills

Traditional County: Midlothian


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

The monument lies in arable farmland at around 90m OD on locally high ground. It comprises a sub-rectangular enclosure with sides some 70m long and an entrance in the middle of its NW side. Three of the corners are fairly sharply defined while the NW corner is markedly rounded. The surrounding ditch is up to 6m wide. There are indications of a possible internal division, bisecting the enclosure, running NE-SW.

The enclosure appears to represent the remains of a substantial later prehistoric settlement of a form conventionally thought to date to the period of Roman incursions into southern Scotland.

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 sub-rectangular with maximum dimensions of 150m ENE-WSW by 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 contribute to our understanding of prehistoric settlement and economy. The deep ditches of the enclosure may be expected to contain valuable material relating to the economy and environment of the site.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 16 NE 9.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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