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Stonefieldhill Farm,henge 500m south east of

A Scheduled Monument in Midlothian South, Midlothian

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.8292 / 55°49'45"N

Longitude: -3.112 / 3°6'43"W

OS Eastings: 330436

OS Northings: 660107

OS Grid: NT304601

Mapcode National: GBR 61Q1.17

Mapcode Global: WH6T7.5RB4

Entry Name: Stonefieldhill Farm,henge 500m SE of

Scheduled Date: 13 November 1995

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6258

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: henge

Location: Carrington

County: Midlothian

Electoral Ward: Midlothian South

Traditional County: Midlothian

Description

The monument comprises the remains of a henge, a ritual enclosure of prehistoric date, represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies on arable farmland at around 175m OD. It comprises a sub-circular enclosure of approximately 80m diameter. There are clearly- defined, opposed entrances some 10 to 15m wide in the NW and SE. Dark patches inside the enclosure may indicate the survival of deposits associated with contemporary structures or areas of ritual activity.

The size, shape and opposed entrances of the enclosure combine to suggest that it represents the remains of a henge monument. Henges are ritual monuments of the Later Neolithic period and are found throughout Britain, although they are not numerous.

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 120m 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 ritual and funerary practices. The area in and around the henge may be expected to contain evidence for structures and deposits relating to these practices.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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RCAHMS records the monument as NT 36 SW 11.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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