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West Mains,enclosure 500m WNW of

A Scheduled Monument in Haddington and Lammermuir, East Lothian

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.9441 / 55°56'38"N

Longitude: -2.6883 / 2°41'18"W

OS Eastings: 357104

OS Northings: 672558

OS Grid: NT571725

Mapcode National: GBR 2W.YFZB

Mapcode Global: WH7TZ.PV1J

Entry Name: West Mains,enclosure 500m WNW of

Scheduled Date: 23 May 1994

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5993

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Whittingehame

County: East Lothian

Electoral Ward: Haddington and Lammermuir

Traditional County: East Lothian

Description

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

The monument lies in a relatively level area of arable farmland at around 110m OD immediately NE of a rock outcrop and an area of rough ground. The surrounding area is rich in the remains of prehistoric settlement and economic activity.

The enclosure is formed by a sub-rectangular ditch some 2-3m wide and measures some 60m NE-SW by 50m. There are indications of an entrance in the centre of the SW side. A dense, dark cropmark occupies much of the interior of the enclosure and this appears to represent the remains of an internal building. Other more diffuse cropmarks are also visible within the enclosure. There are linear cropmarks in the field within which the monument lies, but these are not demonstrably associated with the enclosure.

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 quadrangular on plan with maximum (diagonal) dimensions of 130m WSW-ENE by 150m 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 domestic organisation. The significance of the monument is greatly enhanced by its association with the

wider landscape of prehistoric settlement in this part of East Lothian.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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RCAHMS records the monument as NY19SE 9.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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