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Saughland,enclosure 1000m ESE of

A Scheduled Monument in Midlothian East, Midlothian

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Latitude: 55.8375 / 55°50'14"N

Longitude: -2.9178 / 2°55'4"W

OS Eastings: 342615

OS Northings: 660851

OS Grid: NT426608

Mapcode National: GBR 802Y.38

Mapcode Global: WH7VG.4JTS

Entry Name: Saughland,enclosure 1000m ESE of

Scheduled Date: 2 November 1995

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6262

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Crichton

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 in arable farmland at around 200m OD. It comprises a D-shaped enclosure with an approximate diameter of 100m. Its ditches vary greatly in visible width from approximately 3-8m and the SE side is formed by a break in slope above the Cakemuir Burn. There may be an entrance in the NE adjacent to the narrowest part of the enclosure ditch. Dark patches inside the enclosure appear to represent the remains of structures and activity areas.

The visible remains appear characteristic of later prehistoric enclosed settlements 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 D-shaped with a maximum diameter of 120m.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The site is of national importance because of its potential to contribute to our understanding of prehistoric settlement and economy. The ditches may be expected to contain material relating to the economy and environment of the site while the interior may contain information on domestic organisation and house building.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 46 SW 32.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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