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A Scheduled Monument in Haddington and Lammermuir, East Lothian

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Latitude: 55.9003 / 55°54'0"N

Longitude: -2.8015 / 2°48'5"W

OS Eastings: 349979

OS Northings: 667751

OS Grid: NT499677

Mapcode National: GBR 80W6.8R

Mapcode Global: WH7V3.YY3N

Entry Name: Howden,enclosure

Scheduled Date: 14 October 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5752

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Bolton

County: East Lothian

Electoral Ward: Haddington and Lammermuir

Traditional County: East Lothian


The monument comprises the remains of an enclosed settlement of prehistoric date represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies on a NE-facing slope below a level area on which lies the modern farm of Howden. The site commands extensive views to the N and E, lying just above a break in slope. The enclosure is oval in shape measuring approximately 35m NW-SE by 30m. It is defined by a ditch some 2-3m wide. The ditch is relatively well-defined for most of its circuit but fades markedly to the N.

There is no clear evidence of an entrance. The monument appears to represent the remains of an enclosed settlement characteristic of the later prehistoric period and may be expected to contain evidence for internal occupation.

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 irregular on plan with maximum dimensions of 90m NW-SE by 95m 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. The internal deposits of the enclosure may be expected to provide evidence relating to the nature, duration and organisation of the settlement while the material within the ditch will contain evidence for contemporary environment and economy.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 46 NE 14.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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