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Home Farm,enclosure 300m ENE of

A Scheduled Monument in Portobello/Craigmillar, City of Edinburgh

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Latitude: 55.9204 / 55°55'13"N

Longitude: -3.116 / 3°6'57"W

OS Eastings: 330352

OS Northings: 670263

OS Grid: NT303702

Mapcode National: GBR LFN2.5BS

Mapcode Global: WH6SV.3GG6

Entry Name: Home Farm,enclosure 300m ENE of

Scheduled Date: 10 June 1994

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6038

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Edinburgh

County: City of Edinburgh

Electoral Ward: Portobello/Craigmillar

Traditional County: Midlothian


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

The remains lie on gently sloping arable land. Although not on the highest point in the vicinity the site commands extensive views to the N and W. The monument is defined by a narrow ditch, approximately 2-3m wide, forming an oval enclosure measuring approximately 60m N-S by 40m E-W. There are no definite signs of an entrance or of internal features, although experience of comparable sites has shown that archaeological deposits will survive below the ploughsoil.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the visible features together with 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 N-S by 90m 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 defended settlement. The ditches may be expected to contain evidence for the construction of the enclosure and, together with internal features, evidence relating to prehistoric economy and environment.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 37 SW 189.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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