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Houston Mill,enclosure 200m east of

A Scheduled Monument in Dunbar and East Linton, East Lothian

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Latitude: 55.9901 / 55°59'24"N

Longitude: -2.6488 / 2°38'55"W

OS Eastings: 359621

OS Northings: 677648

OS Grid: NT596776

Mapcode National: GBR 2X.VQVJ

Mapcode Global: WH8VY.8PXS

Entry Name: Houston Mill,enclosure 200m E of

Scheduled Date: 22 August 1994

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6069

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Prestonkirk

County: East Lothian

Electoral Ward: Dunbar and East Linton

Traditional County: East Lothian


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

The monument lies on gently sloping arable farmland at around 10m OD. It comprises an enclosure with associated cropmarks which may represent elements of contemporary field systems. The enclosure is represented by a single narrow ditch or palisade enclosing an oval area with approximate dimensions of 30m NE-SW by 25m. There are indications of a S-facing entrance with expanded ditch terminals and two short lengths of ditch running S from these terminals to form an entrance corridor.

Running NW-SE past the enclosure within some 15m of the SW part of its circuit, is a linear ditch. Its SE end appears to terminate close to the enclosure while, to the NW, it runs to at least the edge of the field. The area to be scheduled encompasses the visible enclosure and part of the adjacent ditch, as well as an area around the enclosure 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 and economy. The enclosure may be expected to contain evidence relating to its date, mode of construction and to the nature and organisation of internal occupation. The associated ditch may form part of a system of land division contemporary with the enclosure which would provide an insight into patterns of prehistoric land organisation.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 57 NE 28.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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