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Oxenfoord Mains,enclosure 400m north east of

A Scheduled Monument in Midlothian East, Midlothian

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Latitude: 55.8971 / 55°53'49"N

Longitude: -2.9645 / 2°57'52"W

OS Eastings: 339785

OS Northings: 667526

OS Grid: NT397675

Mapcode National: GBR 70R7.0X

Mapcode Global: WH7V7.F1LK

Entry Name: Oxenfoord Mains,enclosure 400m NE of

Scheduled Date: 2 November 1995

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6270

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Cranston

County: Midlothian

Electoral Ward: Midlothian East

Traditional County: Midlothian


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

The monument lies in arable farmland at around 100m OD. It comprises a sub-square enclosure of which the NW and SW sides are clearly visible, each measuring approximately 50m. The ditch is about 5m wide. There is an entrance in the SE part of the NW side.

The monument is characteristic of a series of enclosed settlements thought to date to the period of Roman influence in 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 circular with a diameter of 110m 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. The ditches of the enclosure may be expected to contain material related to the economy and environment of the site. The internal feature may be expected to contain information relating to prehistoric domestic organisation.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT36NE 49.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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