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Gowkshill,enclosure 150m east of

A Scheduled Monument in Midlothian South, Midlothian

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Latitude: 55.8574 / 55°51'26"N

Longitude: -3.0513 / 3°3'4"W

OS Eastings: 334291

OS Northings: 663193

OS Grid: NT342631

Mapcode National: GBR 704Q.63

Mapcode Global: WH7VD.319F

Entry Name: Gowkshill,enclosure 150m E of

Scheduled Date: 12 March 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6336

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Cockpen

County: Midlothian

Electoral Ward: Midlothian South

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 on locally high ground in arable farmland at around 165m OD. It comprises a sub-circular enclosure approximately 80m in diameter, defined by a ditch some 4m wide, possibly opening out into a wide entrance on its S side. There are indistinct parallel lines of possible pit alignments running N-S, aligned in the same direction as the possible enclosure entrance suggesting that the monument may form part of a wider prehistoric farming landscape.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the visible enclosure and an area around it in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. It is circular with a diameter of 120m 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 contemporary environment of the site.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 36 SW 32.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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