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East Fortune,enclosure north of disused station

A Scheduled Monument in North Berwick Coastal, East Lothian

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Latitude: 56.0076 / 56°0'27"N

Longitude: -2.7092 / 2°42'33"W

OS Eastings: 355874

OS Northings: 679635

OS Grid: NT558796

Mapcode National: GBR 2V.TH9G

Mapcode Global: WH7TS.C84B

Entry Name: East Fortune,enclosure N of disused station

Scheduled Date: 25 April 1994

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5966

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Athelstaneford

County: East Lothian

Electoral Ward: North Berwick Coastal

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 at around 25m OD on a well-drained though relatively low-lying site in rolling arable farmland. The enclosure is sub- circular and is defined by a ditch some 6m wide. It has overall dimensions of approximately 50m N-S by 40m E-W and a well-defined E- facing entrance. Within the enclosing ditch can be traced a palisade trench which broadly follows the course of the ditch on the S and W sides but does not maintain a uniform distance from it, and may represent a different phase of settlement. Within the enclosure are poorly-defined cropmarks which may represent the remains of internal buildings.

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 80m 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 internal deposits may be expected to add to our understanding of prehistoric domestic and agricultural economy while the ditches may be expected to contain material relating to the contemporary environment as well as to the sequence of construction.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 57 NE 24.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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