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Hurkletillane,enclosure 250m south of

A Scheduled Monument in Dunbar and East Linton, East Lothian

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Latitude: 55.9761 / 55°58'33"N

Longitude: -2.5437 / 2°32'37"W

OS Eastings: 366169

OS Northings: 676030

OS Grid: NT661760

Mapcode National: GBR ND2X.PF9

Mapcode Global: WH8W5.W2X0

Entry Name: Hurkletillane,enclosure 250m S of

Scheduled Date: 14 October 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5762

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Spott

County: East Lothian

Electoral Ward: Dunbar and East Linton

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 enclosure lies on a low E-W running ridge at around 70m OD. It is defined by a single sub-rectangular ditch enclosing an area measuring some 70m NE-SW by 50m. The SE corner of the enclosure is not visible on the available photographs. Gaps in the NW and SW sides may indicate the positions of entrances. Inside the W half of the enclosure are a series of further cropmarks including a dark circular mark which may represent the remains of an internal building, and a series of linear marks which may represent an inner enclosure around this building.

Rectangular and sub-rectangular enclosures of this kind are generally thought to date to the period of Roman influence in southern Scotland. 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 maximum dimensions of 150m ENE-WSW by 90m 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 the development of enclosed settlement in the period of Roman influence in southern Scotland. The apparent survival of internal deposits and signs of internal subdivision suggest that the monument can provide detailed evidence for the organisation and use of an enclosed settlement of this period.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 67 NE 78.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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