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Seton Mains, enclosure and ring ditch, 300m north east of

A Scheduled Monument in Preston, Seton and Gosford, East Lothian

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Latitude: 55.9695 / 55°58'10"N

Longitude: -2.9161 / 2°54'58"W

OS Eastings: 342914

OS Northings: 675548

OS Grid: NT429755

Mapcode National: GBR 2L.WYLV

Mapcode Global: WH7TW.57M0

Entry Name: Seton Mains, enclosure and ring ditch, 300m NE of

Scheduled Date: 22 December 1995

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6287

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: palisaded enclosure

Location: Tranent

County: East Lothian

Electoral Ward: Preston, Seton and Gosford

Traditional County: East Lothian


The monument comprises the remains of a palisaded settlement, ring ditch house and associated features of prehistoric date represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies on arable farmland at around 25m OD along a low ridge some 500m S from the coast. It comprises a sub-circular enclosure measuring approximately 70m N-S by 50m E-W with a possible E-facing entrance. The enclosure is defined by a palisade approximately 1m wide. To the E is a sub-circular ring ditch some 15m in diameter, defined by a ditch some 2m wide, representing the remains of a former timber roundhouse. Between these two features are a number of dense, dark cropmarks which appear to represent the remains of former unenclosed timber buildings.

The area around the monument is exceptionally rich in the remains of prehistoric settlement, including three excavated enclosed Iron Age settlements and a number of Bronze Age funerary sites. 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 320m ENE-WSW by 90m 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. Its importance is greatly enhanced by its setting within the wider landscape of prehistoric settlement in the vicinity.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 47 NW 33 and 34.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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