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Southfield,ring ditch 350m south west of

A Scheduled Monument in Preston, Seton and Gosford, East Lothian

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Latitude: 55.9601 / 55°57'36"N

Longitude: -2.8983 / 2°53'53"W

OS Eastings: 344013

OS Northings: 674484

OS Grid: NT440744

Mapcode National: GBR 2M.XGST

Mapcode Global: WH7TW.GG28

Entry Name: Southfield,ring ditch 350m SW of

Scheduled Date: 4 May 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5688

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: house

Location: Gladsmuir

County: East Lothian

Electoral Ward: Preston, Seton and Gosford

Traditional County: East Lothian


The monument comprises a ring ditch house of prehistoric date represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument consists of a broad penannular ditch, some 4m wide, forming an enclosure approximately 20m in external diameter with a wide NW entrance. A dark cropmark in the interior may represent the remains of occupation material. There is a slight possibility that the site may represent the remains of a funerary mound or ritual enclosure, rather than a settlement.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the visible cropmarks together with an area around them in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. It is rectilinear with maximum dimensions of 70m NW-SE by 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 house construction and settlement activity.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 47 SW 15.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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