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Cairndinnis,enclosure 500m south west of

A Scheduled Monument in Dunbar and East Linton, East Lothian

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Latitude: 55.9588 / 55°57'31"N

Longitude: -2.6928 / 2°41'34"W

OS Eastings: 356841

OS Northings: 674187

OS Grid: NT568741

Mapcode National: GBR 2W.XLYP

Mapcode Global: WH7TZ.LHX9

Entry Name: Cairndinnis,enclosure 500m SW of

Scheduled Date: 25 April 1994

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5963

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 in arable farmland at around 60m OD some 900m W of Traprain Law in an area rich in the remains of prehistoric settlement. The enclosure is almost square, defined by a ditch some 6-8m wide and with overall measurements of approximately 60-70m N-S by the same E-W. The N side appears to be somewhat bowed. There are no clear indications of an entrance and the complex background

geology prevents the identification of internal features.

Rectilinear enclosures of this kind are widely believed to represent native settlements occupied during the period of Roman influence in southern Scotland.

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 140m as marked in red on the accompanying map. The modern field division which bisects the enclosure is excluded from the scheduling.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to add to our understanding of settlement organisation and economy during the period of Roman influence in souther Scotland. It may also be expected to contribute to our understanding of the organisation of the prehistoric landscape of which Traprain Law appears to have been the focus.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 57 SE 37.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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