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Castlesteads Park,ring ditches

A Scheduled Monument in Musselburgh, East Lothian

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Latitude: 55.916 / 55°54'57"N

Longitude: -3.0575 / 3°3'27"W

OS Eastings: 333999

OS Northings: 669717

OS Grid: NT339697

Mapcode National: GBR 7021.V3

Mapcode Global: WH7V0.0KBL

Entry Name: Castlesteads Park,ring ditches

Scheduled Date: 6 August 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5707

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: house

Location: Inveresk

County: East Lothian

Electoral Ward: Musselburgh

Traditional County: Midlothian


The monument comprises the remains of two ring ditches, representing the remains of prehistoric houses, which are visible as cropmarks on oblique aerial photographs.

The larger of the two ring ditches is approximately 15m in diameter and is defined by an annular ditch of variable width with no visible entrance. The second ring ditch lies approximately 60m E of the first and is approximately 10m in diameter, defined by a ditch some 2m wide and with no visible entrance. A number of faint, irregular marks in the vicinity of the ring ditches suggest that surviving sub-surface remains may be extensive.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the visible cropmark features together with an area around them in which traces of contemporary activity may survive. It is rectilinear in shape measuring 210m NW-SE by 130m NE-SW, 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 domestic settlement. The ring ditches have the potential to provide evidence for prehistoric house construction as well as for prehistoric agricultural settlement, economy and environment.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 36 NW 66.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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