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Queen Mary's Mount,fort

A Scheduled Monument in Tranent, Wallyford and Macmerry, East Lothian

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.9148 / 55°54'53"N

Longitude: -3.0032 / 3°0'11"W

OS Eastings: 337389

OS Northings: 669536

OS Grid: NT373695

Mapcode National: GBR 70G1.LJ

Mapcode Global: WH7V0.VL2G

Entry Name: Queen Mary's Mount,fort

Scheduled Date: 30 June 1995

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6204

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: fort (includes hill and promontory fort)

Location: Inveresk

County: East Lothian

Electoral Ward: Tranent, Wallyford and Macmerry

Traditional County: Midlothian

Description

The monument represents the remains of a multivallate fort of prehistoric date represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs and by a short upstanding section in woodland.

The monument occupies a prominent position towards the top of Carberry Hill at around 160m OD. It is a circular fort defined by at least four concentric ditches of variable width with an overall diameter of approximately 210m and an inner area with a diameter of some 90m. There are no clearly defined entrances. The size and location of the fort suggest that it represent a high status defended settlement of the later prehistoric 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 circular with a diameter of 240m 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 later prehistoric high status settlement. The ditches may also be expected to contain valuable evidence relating to the contemporary environment and the economy of the site.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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RCAHMS records the monument as NT 36 NW 6.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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