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A Scheduled Monument in North Berwick Coastal, East Lothian

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Latitude: 56.0426 / 56°2'33"N

Longitude: -2.7413 / 2°44'28"W

OS Eastings: 353916

OS Northings: 683549

OS Grid: NT539835

Mapcode National: GBR 2T.R82S

Mapcode Global: WH7TK.VDT0

Entry Name: Kilmurdie,fort

Scheduled Date: 16 December 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5867

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: fort (includes hill and promontory fort)

Location: Dirleton

County: East Lothian

Electoral Ward: North Berwick Coastal

Traditional County: East Lothian


The monument comprises the remains of a multi-vallate fort of prehistoric date represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument occupies a prominent knoll in otherwise fairly level ground at around 150m OD. The fort is defined by three ditches which appear to be continuous around its entire perimeter, and a further two ditches which are only clearly visible on the W-facing side. These ditches vary in width up to a maximum of approximately 8m. There are no clearly defined entrances. The fort is sub-rectangular in shape with maximum overall dimensions of approximately 200m NE-SW by 120m, although the interior measures only some 100m NE-SW by 60m.

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 280m 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 construction and occupation of defensive settlement in the prehistoric period. The ditches may be expected to contain evidence relating to the date and methods of the fort's construction while the interior may be expected to contain evidence relating to the organisation of contemporary occupation.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 58 SW 11.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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