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Beech Knowe, enclosure, Remote

A Scheduled Monument in Midlothian East, Midlothian

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Latitude: 55.874 / 55°52'26"N

Longitude: -2.9487 / 2°56'55"W

OS Eastings: 340733

OS Northings: 664942

OS Grid: NT407649

Mapcode National: GBR 70VJ.D5

Mapcode Global: WH7V7.PM19

Entry Name: Beech Knowe, enclosure, Remote

Scheduled Date: 24 November 1995

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6809

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 prehistoric date represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies in arable farmland at around 150m OD. It comprises a clearly defined sub-circular enclosure some 70m in diameter. Its single ditch is about 5m wide and it has an entrance in the ENE. A smaller ditched enclosure occupies part of the interior, conjoined to the W arc of the ditch. This smaller enclosure is an irregular oval in shape measuring approximately 25m from NW-SE. Its SE part is filled by a dense dark cropmark suggestive of surviving floor deposits associated with a former internal structure.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the visible remains and an area around them in which traces of associated material may be expected to survive. It is circular with a diameter of 100m 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 ditch may be expected to contain material relating to the economy and environment of the site. The sub-division of the site may indicate that it will contain information relating to the spatial organisation of domestic activities.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 46 SW 29

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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