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Brownrigg,palisaded enclosure and ring ditch 600m ESE of

A Scheduled Monument in North Berwick Coastal, East Lothian

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Latitude: 56.0147 / 56°0'52"N

Longitude: -2.7098 / 2°42'35"W

OS Eastings: 355847

OS Northings: 680423

OS Grid: NT558804

Mapcode National: GBR 2V.T34Q

Mapcode Global: WH7TS.B2WW

Entry Name: Brownrigg,palisaded enclosure and ring ditch 600m ESE of

Scheduled Date: 24 January 1994

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5889

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: palisaded enclosure

Location: Prestonkirk

County: East Lothian

Electoral Ward: North Berwick Coastal

Traditional County: East Lothian


The monument comprises the remains of a palisaded enclosure and a ring ditch house of prehistoric date represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs.

The site lies on a slight knoll in rolling arable farmland at around 80m OD and commands extensive views over the surrounding area. It comprises a circular palisaded enclosure which overlaps a small ring ditch house. The enclosure is defined by a single, narrow trench. Due to differential conditions of visibility only the NE part of the enclosure is apparent on the available photographs.

The overall diameter is about 20m. The ring ditch house lies in the NE part of the enclosure and is defined by a single ditch slightly wider than that of the palisaded enclosure. It has an overall diameter of between 6m and 8m, and no visible entrance. The two features appear to represent separate phases of occupation, because they cut each other.

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 130m 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 organisation and economy practice. The relationship between the two elements will be important in allowing the development of human use of the site to be explored, thus increasing our understanding of settlement evolution in lowland Scotland.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 58 SE 39.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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