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Coldale,enclosure 200m ESE of

A Scheduled Monument in Haddington and Lammermuir, East Lothian

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Latitude: 55.9521 / 55°57'7"N

Longitude: -2.7109 / 2°42'39"W

OS Eastings: 355706

OS Northings: 673461

OS Grid: NT557734

Mapcode National: GBR 2V.Y2WG

Mapcode Global: WH7TZ.BNBD

Entry Name: Coldale,enclosure 200m ESE of

Scheduled Date: 3 March 1994

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5941

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 fairly level ground at around 70m OD, at the entrance to an arable field. It partially underlies a modern road junction. The enclosure appears to have been oval in form, although only the NW half is visible, and is defined by a single ditch some 4-6m in maximum width. It has dimensions of some 50m NW-SE by at least 30m. No entrance is visible in the part of the ditch represented by a cropmark.

The area is dominated by the presence of Traprain Law some 2km to the NE. The area around Traprain Law is rich in the remains of enclosed settlements of the prehistoric period and the period of Roman influence in southern Scotland. This monument represents one component of that wider range of settlement and enclosure forms.

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 D-shaped with a straight side of 100m running NW-SE along the NE face of the roadside boundary (which is excluded) and a radius of 40m 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 range of settlement sites located in the vicinity of Traprain Law.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 57 SE 91.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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