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Meikle Pinkerton,enclosure 500m SSW of

A Scheduled Monument in Dunbar and East Linton, East Lothian

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Latitude: 55.968 / 55°58'4"N

Longitude: -2.482 / 2°28'55"W

OS Eastings: 370012

OS Northings: 675101

OS Grid: NT700751

Mapcode National: GBR ND7Y.7P8

Mapcode Global: WH8W6.V896

Entry Name: Meikle Pinkerton,enclosure 500m SSW of

Scheduled Date: 22 November 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5831

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Dunbar

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 monument lies on the E slopes of Pinkerton Hill at around 140m OD. It occupies a relatively level area and commands extensive views to the N and E. The enclosure is defined by an annular ditch approximately 4-5m wide, with an interior some 40m in diameter. There are no clear signs of an entrance. The enclosure is potentially associated with a large fort some 100m to the E.

Both of these monuments form part of a wider distribution of enclosed settlements and defended sites of the later prehistoric period around the slopes of Pinkerton Hill.

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 circular with a diameter of 110m as marked in red on the accompanying map. The existing wall running through the S part of this area is excluded from scheduling.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to add to our understanding of prehistoric domestic organisation and economy. Its significance is greatly enhanced by its association with the wider landscape of buried archaeological sites centred around Pinkerton Hill.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 77 SW 13.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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