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Kilspindie Golf Course,fort

A Scheduled Monument in North Berwick Coastal, East Lothian

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Latitude: 56.0121 / 56°0'43"N

Longitude: -2.8841 / 2°53'2"W

OS Eastings: 344977

OS Northings: 680258

OS Grid: NT449802

Mapcode National: GBR 2N.T605

Mapcode Global: WH7TP.N4VX

Entry Name: Kilspindie Golf Course,fort

Scheduled Date: 14 October 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5759

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: fort (includes hill and promontory fort)

Location: Aberlady

County: East Lothian

Electoral Ward: North Berwick Coastal

Traditional County: East Lothian


The monument comprises the remains of a fort of later prehistoric date represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies on a rocky shoreline and appears to have lost its northern defences through coastal erosion. The surviving remains of the fort are D-shaped in form, enclosed by two concentric, semi- circular ditches, both approximately 6-8m wide. Across the ditches from E-W the fort measures approximately 120m by approximately 50m NS. There are traces of a third, outermost ditch on the E side of the fort.

The interior of the fort measures approximately 60m EW by 25m NS and is represented by a dark concentration on the aerial photographs, suggesting the probable survival of internal occupation deposits. 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 in shape with dimensions of 160m E-W by 80m N-S 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 can be expected to contain evidence relating to the domestic and economic activities carried out on the site. This has the potential to contribute significantly to our understanding of the nature and development of high-status defended settlement in the later prehistoric period.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 48 SE 33

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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