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Longfaugh,enclosures 200m east of

A Scheduled Monument in Midlothian East, Midlothian

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Latitude: 55.8457 / 55°50'44"N

Longitude: -2.9419 / 2°56'30"W

OS Eastings: 341119

OS Northings: 661793

OS Grid: NT411617

Mapcode National: GBR 70WV.W9

Mapcode Global: WH7VF.SB9F

Entry Name: Longfaugh,enclosures 200m E of

Scheduled Date: 6 November 1995

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6274

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 a locally high position in arable farmland at around 200m OD. It comprises a sub-circular enclosure of approximately 90m diameter, with a ditch some 2m wide.

Inside this and partially overlapping with it is a sub-rectangular enclosure some 80m NE-SW by 55m, defined by a ditch of approximately 5m wide. Its corners are rounded and most of its SE side is missing. Within this enclosure is a semi-circular cropmark some 5-8m wide, possibly an inner ditch. Dark patches in the N of the complex may indicate the presence of deposits relating to former structures or areas of activity. Also visible is the corner of a linear ditch probably defining part of a much later field system.

This site appears to represent the remains of a later prehistoric settlement of some complexity. 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 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 enclosure ditches may be expected to contain material relating to the economy and environment of the site. The internal features may be expected to provide information relating to house construction and domestic organisation.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 46 SW 8.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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