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Carperstane,palisaded enclosure 200m WNW of

A Scheduled Monument in North Berwick Coastal, East Lothian

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Latitude: 56.031 / 56°1'51"N

Longitude: -2.7179 / 2°43'4"W

OS Eastings: 355360

OS Northings: 682238

OS Grid: NT553822

Mapcode National: GBR 2V.S1B2

Mapcode Global: WH7TL.7N0Z

Entry Name: Carperstane,palisaded enclosure 200m WNW of

Scheduled Date: 22 February 1994

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5929

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: palisaded enclosure

Location: North Berwick

County: East Lothian

Electoral Ward: North Berwick Coastal

Traditional County: East Lothian


The monument consists of the remains of a palisaded enclosure of prehistoric date represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs.

The site lies on a well-drained, gently sloping location in arable farmland at around 150m OD. The enclosure is formed by three concentric palisade trenches and a single narrow ditch. Only the ditch and one palisade can be discerned for the complete circuit. The enclosure is circular with an overall diameter of approximately 50m and with S- and SE-facing entrances.

The remains appear to have formed a complex prehistoric enclosure, possibly constructed at several distinct dates. Although there are no unambiguous traces of internal structures it is likely that evidence for associated occupation will survive under the ploughsoil.

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 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 prehistoric settlement and economy. The palisade trenches and ditch may be expected to provide information on the date and development of the site and on the construction methods used, and the interior may contain deposits which could provide information on the contemporary domestic and agricultural economy.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 58 SE 27.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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