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Newbigging,enclosure 400m WNW of

A Scheduled Monument in Midlothian West, Midlothian

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Latitude: 55.8327 / 55°49'57"N

Longitude: -3.1615 / 3°9'41"W

OS Eastings: 327345

OS Northings: 660552

OS Grid: NT273605

Mapcode National: GBR 60CZ.BZ

Mapcode Global: WH6T6.DNRF

Entry Name: Newbigging,enclosure 400m WNW of

Scheduled Date: 6 November 1995

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6264

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Lasswade

County: Midlothian

Electoral Ward: Midlothian West

Traditional County: Midlothian


The monument comprises the remains of an enclosed settlement of prehistoric date represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies on locally high ground in arable land at around 220m OD. It comprises a D-shaped enclosure some 60m NE-SW by 50m. The inner and outer ditches are approximately 4-5m wide, separated by about 3m. The NW side of the monument is defined by sloping ground, now wooded. Lighter patches in the SW of the enclosure may indicate the remains of internal features.

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 rectangular with maximum dimensions of 100m NE-SW by 70m NW-SE 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 contribute to our understanding of prehistoric settlement and economy. The ditches of the enclosure may be expected to contain valuable material relating to the economy and environment of the site. The internal features may provide information about its domestic organisation.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 26 SE 38.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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