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Barberfield, enclosure 400m ESE of

A Scheduled Monument in Haddington and Lammermuir, East Lothian

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.9362 / 55°56'10"N

Longitude: -2.8244 / 2°49'27"W

OS Eastings: 348597

OS Northings: 671765

OS Grid: NT485717

Mapcode National: GBR 2Q.Z1D5

Mapcode Global: WH7V3.L282

Entry Name: Barberfield, enclosure 400m ESE of

Scheduled Date: 9 October 1995

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6233

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Gladsmuir

County: East Lothian

Electoral Ward: Haddington and Lammermuir

Traditional County: East Lothian

Description

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

The monument lies in arable farmland at around 75m OD. It is sub-rectangular with three fairly well defined, sinuous sides, with an entrance in the E corner. The SW side is somewhat obscured by a diffuse cropmark of likely natural origin. The enclosure measures approximately 90m NW-SE by 50m NE-SW with a ditch some 3-4m wide. The irregularity of the sides make this an extremely unusual enclosure with few close parallels in the Lothians.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the visible features and an area around them which in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. It is circular with a diameter of 140m 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. Its curved sides indicate unusual construction and perhaps a specialised function.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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RCAHMS records the monument as NT 47 SE 27.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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