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East Mains,enclosure 500m WNW of

A Scheduled Monument in Haddington and Lammermuir, East Lothian

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.9117 / 55°54'42"N

Longitude: -2.8391 / 2°50'20"W

OS Eastings: 347642

OS Northings: 669050

OS Grid: NT476690

Mapcode National: GBR 80M2.4N

Mapcode Global: WH7V3.CN8W

Entry Name: East Mains,enclosure 500m WNW of

Scheduled Date: 1 November 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5820

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Saltoun

County: East Lothian

Electoral Ward: Haddington and Lammermuir

Traditional County: East Lothian

Description

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

The site of the monument is locally high, lying on the crest of a slight ridge and commanding extensive views in all directions. The enclosure is four-sided, defined by a ditch some 3-4m wide. It measures approximately 120m NW-SE by 75m across its SE end, tapering to approximately 60m across its NW end.

There are indications of short lengths of additional ditch positioned centrally on its SE and NE sides suggesting the positions of complex entrances. There are no clear indications of internal features. The monument relates to a class of enclosure in southern Scotland thought to represent native enclosed settlement contemporary with the Roman presence.

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 rectangular with maximum dimensions of 170m NW-SE by 150m 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 high status native settlement in the Roman period. It may be expected to contain evidence for contemporary occupation and economy which will be of value in assessing the changes brought about in native society by the Roman presence.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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RCAHMS records the monument as NT 46 NE 17.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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