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Turniedykes,enclosure 150m north west of

A Scheduled Monument in Midlothian East, Midlothian

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Latitude: 55.8586 / 55°51'31"N

Longitude: -2.9838 / 2°59'1"W

OS Eastings: 338516

OS Northings: 663266

OS Grid: NT385632

Mapcode National: GBR 70LP.TP

Mapcode Global: WH7VF.40DJ

Entry Name: Turniedykes,enclosure 150m NW of

Scheduled Date: 6 November 1995

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6272

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Crichton

County: Midlothian

Electoral Ward: Midlothian East

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 farmland at around 140m OD on sloping ground on the E bank of the Tyne Water. It comprises a square enclosure with sides some 25m long, a ditch some 3m wide and an entrance in the W side marked by clearly defined expanded ditch terminals. This square enclosure is surrounded by a further, less well-defined rectangular enclosure. The N and S sides of this larger enclosure are visible as two parallel narrow cropmarks approximately 50m long, running E-W, about 8m N and S of the inner enclosure. Its E side may merge with that of the inner enclosure while the W side runs under a modern plantation.

The inner enclosure is characteristic of a class of enclosed settlement thought to date to the later Iron Age. Its association with an outer enclosure is however most unusual. 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 sub-rectangular with maximum dimensions of 80m N-S and 100m E-W.

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 ditches may be expected to contain material relating to the contemporary economy and environment of the site.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 36 SE 19.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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