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Little Pinkerton,enclosure 500m WSW of

A Scheduled Monument in Dunbar and East Linton, East Lothian

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.9736 / 55°58'24"N

Longitude: -2.4966 / 2°29'47"W

OS Eastings: 369102

OS Northings: 675733

OS Grid: NT691757

Mapcode National: GBR ND6X.T42

Mapcode Global: WH8W6.M3BX

Entry Name: Little Pinkerton,enclosure 500m WSW of

Scheduled Date: 22 November 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5838

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

Description

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

The monument occupies sloping ground at around 100m OD on the E side of Doon Hill, where it commands extensive views along the coast. The enclosure is formed by a penannular ditch some 3-4m wide with an overall diameter of approximately 60m. It has a well-defined E-facing entrance.

A concentric inner ditch, some 2-3m wide, appears to

enclose an area of approximately 35-40m. Dark but diffuse cropmarks within the enclosure may represent the remains of occupation deposits associated with internal structures. The monument lies within a wider landscape rich in cropmark sites dating from the 1st millennia BC and AD.

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 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 later prehistoric domestic organisation and economy. Its association with the wider landscape of enclosed settlement on Doon Hill, which encompasses a variety of forms of enclosure including an important Anglian settlement, greatly enhances its importance.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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RCAHMS records the monument as NT 77 NE 48.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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