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Chalkieside Quarry, enclosure

A Scheduled Monument in Midlothian East, Midlothian

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Latitude: 55.9033 / 55°54'11"N

Longitude: -3.0103 / 3°0'36"W

OS Eastings: 336931

OS Northings: 668261

OS Grid: NT369682

Mapcode National: GBR 70F5.2N

Mapcode Global: WH7V0.QWQB

Entry Name: Chalkieside Quarry, enclosure

Scheduled Date: 28 July 1995

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6213

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 locally high ground with a steep slope falling away to the E. It comprises a sub-rectangular enclosure defined by a ditch some 6m in width. The W and S sides of the enclosure are visible as cropmarks, each measuring a minimum of some 60m. There is no clearly defined entrance in the visible portions of the ditch.

The enclosure is of a type commonly ascribed to the period of the Roman incursions into southern Scotland. It lies in an area rich in the remains of enclosed settlement of this period. 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 120m N-S by 80m 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. Its importance is greatly enhanced by its association with the wider landscape of prehistoric settlement in this area.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 36 NE 50.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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