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Pathhead,Roman camps,enclosures and pit alignment

A Scheduled Monument in Midlothian East, Midlothian

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Latitude: 55.8602 / 55°51'36"N

Longitude: -2.9662 / 2°57'58"W

OS Eastings: 339619

OS Northings: 663424

OS Grid: NT396634

Mapcode National: GBR 70QP.M3

Mapcode Global: WH7V7.DYRW

Entry Name: Pathhead,Roman camps,enclosures and pit alignment

Scheduled Date: 22 November 1993

Last Amended: 15 June 2018

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5819

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: pit alignment; Roman: camp

Location: Crichton

County: Midlothian

Electoral Ward: Midlothian East

Traditional County: Midlothian


The monument comprises the remains of three overlapping Roman temporary camps, two prehistoric enclosures and a pit alignment, all represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs.

The largest element of the complex is a Roman temporary camp of which the NW and SW sides are visible, each for a length of some 750m, meeting in a characteristic rounded corner. The NW side overlaps with two smaller camps. The largest of these measures approximately 530m NW-SE by 400m and has indications of at least one titulus entrance. Occupying its SE corner, and sharing parts of its NE and SE sides is a smaller camp, 300m NW-SE by 190m in size.

Overlapping the two smaller camps are the remains of two prehistoric settlements. The northernmost comprises a circular enclosure, some 30m in diameter with an oval annexe on its W side. S of this is a further enclosure, rectilinear in form with dimensions of approximately 60m NS by 30m and with a central partition. A pit alignment, some 200m in visible length, runs NW-SE across the northern interior of the largest of the three camps.

The scheduled area falls into three parts. The largest, northern part is irregular in shape, with maximum dimensions of 750m N-S by 900m WNW-ESE. SW of this is a rectilinear area measuring 310m NW-SE by 70m. SE of this is a further rectilinear area measuring 460m NW-SE by 110m. All areas are as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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