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Chalkieside, enclosure 400m SSW of

A Scheduled Monument in Midlothian East, Midlothian

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Latitude: 55.902 / 55°54'7"N

Longitude: -3.0142 / 3°0'51"W

OS Eastings: 336681

OS Northings: 668120

OS Grid: NT366681

Mapcode National: GBR 70D6.74

Mapcode Global: WH7V0.NXVB

Entry Name: Chalkieside, enclosure 400m SSW of

Scheduled Date: 28 July 1995

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6212

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Inveresk

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 a gently sloping hillside in arable land at around 130m OD. It comprises a sub-rectangular enclosure defined by a substantial ditch some 6-8m wide. It measures approximately 80m E-W by 50m and has no clearly defined entrance in the visible portions of the ditch. The corners of the enclosure are markedly rounded. A dark area within the enclosure may represent the remains of contemporary domestic buildings.

The site represents an enclosed settlement of a type commonly ascribed to the period of the Roman incursions into 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 160m NNE-SSW by 100m 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 prehistoric settlement and economy. The apparent presence within the enclosure of surviving contemporary structures and deposits suggests that it may also have the potential to add to our understanding of prehistoric house construction and domestic organisation.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 36 NE 8.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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