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Spittal,enclosures 200m north east of

A Scheduled Monument in Preston, Seton and Gosford, East Lothian

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Latitude: 55.9859 / 55°59'9"N

Longitude: -2.8522 / 2°51'7"W

OS Eastings: 346928

OS Northings: 677320

OS Grid: NT469773

Mapcode National: GBR 2P.VTBX

Mapcode Global: WH7TQ.5T20

Entry Name: Spittal,enclosures 200m NE of

Scheduled Date: 16 January 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6295

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Aberlady

County: East Lothian

Electoral Ward: Preston, Seton and Gosford

Traditional County: East Lothian


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

The settlements lie on gently sloping ground in arable farmland at around 25m and 35m OD. The W enclosure is sub-circular with an approximate diameter of 40m. Its single ditch is some 3m wide and it appears to have an entrance in the SE. The E enclosure is almost square with sides approximately 40m long. It has a ditch approximately 3m wide and an entrance in its E side.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the visible remains and an area around them in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. It comprises two circular areas each 100m in diameter 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 functional and chronological relationships between the two settlements will be important for the study of prehistoric settlement development in southern Scotland.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 47 NE 21 and NT 47 NE 22.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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