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Thornybank House,enclosure 200m north of

A Scheduled Monument in Dalkeith, Midlothian

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.8998 / 55°53'59"N

Longitude: -3.0518 / 3°3'6"W

OS Eastings: 334326

OS Northings: 667905

OS Grid: NT343679

Mapcode National: GBR 7046.2Y

Mapcode Global: WH7V0.3Z01

Entry Name: Thornybank House,enclosure 200m N of

Scheduled Date: 30 June 1995

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6203

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Dalkeith

County: Midlothian

Electoral Ward: Dalkeith

Traditional County: Midlothian

Description

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 land on a terrace some 500m E of the River South Esk at around 50m OD. The enclosure is sub-rectangular with an entrance in the centre of its NW-facing side flanked by expanded ditch terminals. The NW side is approximately 30m long while the NE and SW sides are at least 30m in length but fade from view towards the SE. The SE side of the enclosure is not visible as a cropmark.

The surrounding area is rich in the remains of prehistoric settlement and sites associated with the Roman military occupation of 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 circular with a diameter of 80m 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 add to our understanding of prehistoric settlement and economy. Its importance is greatly enhanced by its association with the wider landscape of prehistoric and Roman remains in the valley of the South Esk.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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RCAHMS records the monument as NT 36 NW 131.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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