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East Fortune,enclosure 600m north east of disused station

A Scheduled Monument in North Berwick Coastal, East Lothian

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Latitude: 56.0099 / 56°0'35"N

Longitude: -2.6993 / 2°41'57"W

OS Eastings: 356497

OS Northings: 679888

OS Grid: NT564798

Mapcode National: GBR 2V.TCJ9

Mapcode Global: WH7TS.H6VJ

Entry Name: East Fortune,enclosure 600m NE of disused station

Scheduled Date: 22 February 1994

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5922

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Prestonkirk

County: East Lothian

Electoral Ward: North Berwick Coastal

Traditional County: East Lothian


The monument consists of the remains of an enclosed settlement of prehistoric date represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs. The site lies on a low, well-drained, E-W running ridge at around 25m OD in an area of rolling arable farmland. It commands extensive views except to the N.

The enclosure is oval in shape and is defined by a single ditch some 6m to 8m wide. It has approximate overall dimensions of 80m E-W by 50m. It has no clearly defined entrance although variable cropmark conditions in the field mask parts of the circuit on the NW. In the E part of the interior is a small sub- circular cropmark some 10m in diameter. This probably represents the remains of an internal building.

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 200m 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. The interior of the enclosure may be expected to give information about the layout of the settlement while the ditches may be expected to provide information on the contemporary agricultural economy and environment.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 57 NE 22.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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