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Spott Farm,enclosure south of

A Scheduled Monument in Dunbar and East Linton, East Lothian

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Latitude: 55.9669 / 55°58'0"N

Longitude: -2.5286 / 2°31'42"W

OS Eastings: 367104

OS Northings: 675003

OS Grid: NT671750

Mapcode National: GBR ND3Y.BCW

Mapcode Global: WH8W6.4961

Entry Name: Spott Farm,enclosure S of

Scheduled Date: 16 December 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5869

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Spott

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 a gentle N-facing slope at around 120m OD commanding extensive views to the N. The enclosure is defined by a single broad ditch, up to 6-8m across, which encloses an oval area. It has overall dimensions of approximately 60m NE-SW by 50m.

There is no evidence for an entrance although the extreme E part of the ditch circuit is not clearly visible and the entrance may lie in this area. In the centre of the enclosure is a dense, dark, sub-circular cropmark which appears to represent the remains of an internal structure.

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 125m 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 prehistoric domestic organisation and house construction. The likely survival of internal deposits suggests that the site will contain debris relating to the spatial organisation of prehistoric occupation and structural information concerning the construction of a central building or buildings.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 57 SE 25.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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