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West Bearford,enclosure 300m NNW of

A Scheduled Monument in Haddington and Lammermuir, East Lothian

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Latitude: 55.9521 / 55°57'7"N

Longitude: -2.7304 / 2°43'49"W

OS Eastings: 354488

OS Northings: 673475

OS Grid: NT544734

Mapcode National: GBR 2T.Y4JH

Mapcode Global: WH7TZ.1N3C

Entry Name: West Bearford,enclosure 300m NNW of

Scheduled Date: 6 June 1994

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6022

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 an enclosed settlement of prehistoric date represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs.

The site lies on fairly level arable farmland at around 70m OD. The enclosure is defined by a broad, square ditch some 4-6m wide and has overall dimensions of approximately 30m NW-SE by 30m. It has a well- defined SE-facing entrance situated centrally in the SE side. There are ambiguous traces of darker cropmarks in the interior of the enclosure which may represent the remains of internal structures.

The monument is one of an extensive group of enclosed settlements concentrated in the vicinity of Traprain Law. Rectilinear and square enclosures of this type are commonly regarded as representing native settlements built 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 irregular in shape with maximum dimensions of 100m NNW-SSE by 90m 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 native settlement and economy in the period of Roman influence in southern Scotland. Its significance is greatly enhanced by its association with the wider group of settlements in the vicinity of Traprain Law.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 37 SW 95.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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