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Lawhead Hill,palisaded enclosure 400m north east of West Mains

A Scheduled Monument in Dunbar and East Linton, East Lothian

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Latitude: 55.9448 / 55°56'41"N

Longitude: -2.6734 / 2°40'24"W

OS Eastings: 358037

OS Northings: 672625

OS Grid: NT580726

Mapcode National: GBR 2W.YKBB

Mapcode Global: WH7TZ.XT3Z

Entry Name: Lawhead Hill,palisaded enclosure 400m NE of West Mains

Scheduled Date: 23 May 1994

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5996

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: palisaded enclosure

Location: Whittingehame

County: East Lothian

Electoral Ward: Dunbar and East Linton

Traditional County: East Lothian


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

The monument lies at around 160m OD in arable farmland on the SW side of the summit of Lawhead Hill. The surrounding area is rich in the remains of settlement and economic activity of the later prehistoric period.

The enclosure is defined by an oval palisade trench with maximum dimensions of approximately 60m E-W by 40m. On the N side are possible traces of a concentric outer palisade running for approximately 30m. Cropmarks caused by a complex background geology prevent the confident identification of internal features.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the visible fatures and an area around them in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. It is circular with a diameter of 120m 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. Its significance is greatly enhanced by its association with the wider landscape of prehistoric settlement in this part of East Lothian.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 57 SE 43.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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