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Play Hill, settlement

A Scheduled Monument in Midlothian East, Midlothian

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Latitude: 55.8464 / 55°50'47"N

Longitude: -2.9853 / 2°59'7"W

OS Eastings: 338403

OS Northings: 661906

OS Grid: NT384619

Mapcode National: GBR 70LV.H2

Mapcode Global: WH7VF.39PX

Entry Name: Play Hill, settlement

Scheduled Date: 9 October 1995

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6231

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: settlement

Location: Crichton

County: Midlothian

Electoral Ward: Midlothian East

Traditional County: Midlothian


The monument comprises the remains of an enclosed settlement of later prehistoric date surviving as a series of earthworks.

The monument lies at around 210m OD within an enclosed area in pasture. The site commands extensive views in all directions. A denuded rampart some 1m above the interior surrounds an oval area measuring approximately 90m N-S by 55m. An external ditch is traceable on the W some 3.5m - 5m below the crest of the rampart. The original entrance appears to have been on the S. There is a local tradition of the discovery of Roman silver coins on the site in the last century.

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 oval, with maximum dimensions of 170m N-S and 140m E-W as marked in red on the accompanying map. It excludes the modern brick-built structure occupying the central part of the interior.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to contribute to our understanding of later prehistoric settlement and economy. The interior of the site may be expected to contain the remains of contemporary domestic buildings while the ditches are likely to hold valuable material relating to the economy and environment of the site.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 36 NE 5.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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