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Ballencrieff Mains,enclosure 300m south west of

A Scheduled Monument in North Berwick Coastal, East Lothian

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Latitude: 55.9927 / 55°59'33"N

Longitude: -2.8491 / 2°50'56"W

OS Eastings: 347133

OS Northings: 678072

OS Grid: NT471780

Mapcode National: GBR 2P.VFVP

Mapcode Global: WH7TQ.6MKS

Entry Name: Ballencrieff Mains,enclosure 300m SW of

Scheduled Date: 14 October 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5757

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Aberlady

County: East Lothian

Electoral Ward: North Berwick Coastal

Traditional County: East Lothian


The monument comprises the remains of an enclosure of prehistoric date represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs. The enclosure, representing a defended domestic settlement, is associated with further cropmark remains of unknown original function.

The site occupies locally high, well-drained ground with extensive views in all directions. The enclosure is circular in shape, defined by a single ditch some 2-3m wide. It measures approximately 30m in diameter with indications of a possible NW entrance. Overlapping this enclosure are two concentric, semi-circular lengths of ditch.

It is not clear whether these represent the entire extent of the feature or only the visible portion of a complete circuit. In the latter case they would represent an enclosed settlement similar to the single ditched enclosure. From aerial photographic evidence alone their function and relationship with the enclosure remain uncertain.

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. The area is rectilinear with maximum dimenisons of 150m ENE- WSW by 170m 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 can be expected to contain evidence relating to domestic occupation of the site and the economic activities carried out by the inhabitants. The relationship of the enclosure to the other cropmarks and the function of the latter will extend our understanding of the development and function of enclosed domestic settlement in the prehistoric period.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 47 NE 23.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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