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Stevenson Mains,enclosures 500m SSE of

A Scheduled Monument in Haddington and Lammermuir, East Lothian

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Latitude: 55.9555 / 55°57'19"N

Longitude: -2.7271 / 2°43'37"W

OS Eastings: 354699

OS Northings: 673845

OS Grid: NT546738

Mapcode National: GBR 2T.XZ40

Mapcode Global: WH7TZ.2KNT

Entry Name: Stevenson Mains,enclosures 500m SSE of

Scheduled Date: 22 February 1994

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5927

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Haddington

County: East Lothian

Electoral Ward: Haddington and Lammermuir

Traditional County: East Lothian


The monument comprises the remains of two enclosed settlements of prehistoric date and associated features represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs.

The site lies on fairly level arable land at around 60m OD on the periphery of a dense distribution of settlements concentrated around Traprain Law.

The two enclosures lie either side of a band of trees running NNW- SSE. On the W side is a sub-circular enclosure some 30m in diameter, formed by a ditch some 4-5m wide. The N arc of the ditch flattens out somewhat creating a D-shaped appearance. The central part of this enclosure is occupied by a dense, dark cropmark which may represent the remains of an internal domestic building. An annex appears to be attached to the NE of this enclosure, extending under the band of trees which separates the two parts of the monument. To the E of the trees is a square enclosure measuring some 40m N-S by 40m and defined by a ditch some 2-3m wide. A ditch continuing the line of the S side of this enclosure runs E for a distance of some 200m before turning N for a further 250m. This may represent part of a field system associated with the enclosures.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the enclosures and a sample of the field system together with an area around the enclosures in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. It is divided into two rectangular parts. The W part has maximum dimensions of 180m NNW-SSE by 100m while the E part measures 180m NNW-SSE by 110m 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 economic practice. The chronological and functional relationships between the two enclosures will be of importance in establishing the spatial organisation and chronological development of the site while the associated field system offers a rare chance to examine settlements in their wider economic context.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 57 SW 46 and 47.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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