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Lawfield,enclosure 500m east of

A Scheduled Monument in Midlothian East, Midlothian

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Latitude: 55.8786 / 55°52'42"N

Longitude: -3.0219 / 3°1'18"W

OS Eastings: 336166

OS Northings: 665520

OS Grid: NT361655

Mapcode National: GBR 70BG.KJ

Mapcode Global: WH7V6.KH7R

Entry Name: Lawfield,enclosure 500m E of

Scheduled Date: 12 March 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6339

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Newbattle

County: Midlothian

Electoral Ward: Midlothian East

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 sloping ground in arable farmland at around 190m OD. It comprises a sub-circular, bivallate enclosure approximately 160m in diameter, with an inner and outer ditch separated by some 30m. The ditches are some 5 to 8m wide. Although the cropmarks define only the N part of the settlement it is likely that it continues in the fields to the E where crop conditions were not conducive to the production of cropmarks.

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 maximum diameter of 190m as marked in red on the accompanying map. The road cutting through the site is excluded from scheduling.

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 area in and around the enclosure may be expected to contain material relating to the economy and environment of the site.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 36 NE 29.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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