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A Scheduled Monument in Midlothian South, Midlothian

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Latitude: 55.8434 / 55°50'36"N

Longitude: -3.1193 / 3°7'9"W

OS Eastings: 330004

OS Northings: 661698

OS Grid: NT300616

Mapcode National: GBR 60NW.G4

Mapcode Global: WH6T7.1DW7

Entry Name: Capielaw,enclosure

Scheduled Date: 6 November 1995

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6266

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Carrington

County: Midlothian

Electoral Ward: Midlothian South

Traditional County: Midlothian


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

The monument lies in arable land at around 155m OD. It comprises an oval enclosure measuring approximately 160m E-W by 90m N-S with a ditch up to 5m in width. There appears to be an entrance at the NW. A dark linear cropmark running approximately NE-SW partially bisects the enclosure but stops short of the SW part of the enclosure ditch. NW of this cropmark is an alignment of five regularly spaced pits, running approximately N-S. A series of dark, diffuse cropmarks within the enclosure may represent the remains of former internal buildings.

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 semi-circular with a maximum diameter of 180m 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 contribute to our understanding of prehistoric settlement and economy. The enclosure ditches may be expected to contain material relating to the contemporary economy and environment of the site, while the interior may contain evidence relating to domestic organisation and house construction.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 36 SW 10.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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