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Coldale,enclosure 700m east of

A Scheduled Monument in Haddington and Lammermuir, East Lothian

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Latitude: 55.9533 / 55°57'11"N

Longitude: -2.7029 / 2°42'10"W

OS Eastings: 356204

OS Northings: 673588

OS Grid: NT562735

Mapcode National: GBR 2V.XYH3

Mapcode Global: WH7TZ.GM3G

Entry Name: Coldale,enclosure 700m E of

Scheduled Date: 3 March 1994

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5942

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Morham

County: East Lothian

Electoral Ward: Haddington and Lammermuir

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 site lies on gently sloping arable land at around 80m OD in an area dominated by the presence of Traprain Law some 2km to the NE. The enclosure is defined by a narrow circular ditch or possibly palisade trench, with an E-facing entrance. It has an approximate diameter of 60m. A well-defined linear ditch bisects the enclosure, running approximately N-S across its widest part.

This ditch cannot be traced with any clarity outside the enclosure and may, therefore, represent a contemporary subdivision. Other diffuse cropmarks are visible inside the enclosure and these may represent the remains of contemporary buildings.

The area around Traprain Law is rich in the remains of enclosed settlement dating to the later prehistoric period and the period of Roman influence in southern Scotland. This monument is part of that wider settlement landscape.

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 120m 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. Its significance is greatly enhanced by its association with the wider landscape of settlement in the vicinity of Traprain Law.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 57 SE 56.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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