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Harperdean,enclosure 300m east of

A Scheduled Monument in Haddington and Lammermuir, East Lothian

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Latitude: 55.9654 / 55°57'55"N

Longitude: -2.7833 / 2°46'59"W

OS Eastings: 351201

OS Northings: 674985

OS Grid: NT512749

Mapcode National: GBR 2R.X4NQ

Mapcode Global: WH7TY.6BW6

Entry Name: Harperdean,enclosure 300m E of

Scheduled Date: 9 May 1994

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5977

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Haddington

County: East Lothian

Electoral Ward: Haddington and Lammermuir

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 site lies on gently sloping arable land at around 100m OD on the lower slopes of the Garleton Hills, approximately 0.5km N of Haddington. The enclosure is formed by a single sub-circular ditch some 3-4m wide which encloses an area some 45m in diameter. The ditch appears to be widest on the E side and this may represent the presence of slightly expanded ditch terminals either side of an E- facing entrance. A dark, circular cropmark in the E part of the interior, with a slight linear projection to the W, may represent the remains of an internal building. The monument lies on the periphery of a dense distribution of enclosed settlements and field systems dating to the later prehistoric period.

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.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to add to our understanding of prehistoric settlement and economy. The significance of the monument is greatly enhanced by its association with the wider landscape of prehistoric settlement in and around the Garleton Hills.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS record the monument as NT 57 NW 93.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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