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Newton,pit alignment 150m north east of

A Scheduled Monument in Musselburgh, East Lothian

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Latitude: 55.9192 / 55°55'9"N

Longitude: -3.0656 / 3°3'56"W

OS Eastings: 333499

OS Northings: 670085

OS Grid: NT334700

Mapcode National: GBR LFS2.BDF

Mapcode Global: WH6SV.WHC2

Entry Name: Newton,pit alignment 150m NE of

Scheduled Date: 11 August 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5729

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: pit alignment

Location: Inveresk

County: East Lothian

Electoral Ward: Musselburgh

Traditional County: Midlothian


The monument comprises part of a pit alignment of prehistoric date, represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs.

The visible remains comprise a single line of closely spaced pits running N-S for a distance of approximately 300m. The individual pits appear to be approximately 2m in diameter. The alignment continues to the S across the district boundary into Midlothian.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the visible features together with an area around them in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. The area to be scheduled is bounded on the S by the boundary between East Lothian and Midlothian. The area measures a maximum of 320m N-S by 60m E-W 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 field systems and land management regimes. The site may also be expected to yield evidence relating to prehistoric economy and environment. Its significance is enhanced by its spatial association with a number of other prehistoric settlements and field systems in the area.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 36 NW 52.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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