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Chesters Quarry,enclosure

A Scheduled Monument in Haddington and Lammermuir, East Lothian

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Latitude: 55.9309 / 55°55'51"N

Longitude: -2.6873 / 2°41'14"W

OS Eastings: 357155

OS Northings: 671078

OS Grid: NT571710

Mapcode National: GBR 2W.Z87H

Mapcode Global: WH7V5.P6J5

Entry Name: Chesters Quarry,enclosure

Scheduled Date: 31 May 1994

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6023

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Garvald and Bara

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 in arable farmland at around 140m OD on locally high ground above the S bank of Ninewells Burn. The enclosure is approximately oval with maximum dimensions of some 80m NW-SE by 55m. It is defined by a ditch some 6m wide with well-defined terminals flanking a SW-facing entrance.

Aside from a series of sharply defined linear cropmarks, probably of relatively recent origin, the interior

of the enclosure is occupied by several diffuse cropmarks which may represent the remains of former internal buildings. These are particularly concentrated in the W part of the enclosure.

The monument appears to represent an enclosed farming settlement of the later prehistoric period with evidence for the possible preservation of internal features. It lies in an area rich in the remains of settlement and economic activity of this 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 an irregular quadrilateral with sides measuring 145m (N), 120m (SE), 160m (SSW) and 75 (NW) 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 settlement and economy. The significance of the monument is greatly enhanced by its association with the wider landscape of later prehistoric settlement in this part of East Lothian.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 57 SE 27.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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