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Skateraw,ring ditches and cropmarks 300m north west of

A Scheduled Monument in Dunbar and East Linton, East Lothian

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Latitude: 55.9711 / 55°58'15"N

Longitude: -2.4339 / 2°26'1"W

OS Eastings: 373016

OS Northings: 675429

OS Grid: NT730754

Mapcode National: GBR NDBY.5Q1

Mapcode Global: WH8W7.L56T

Entry Name: Skateraw,ring ditches and cropmarks 300m NW of

Scheduled Date: 23 December 1977

Last Amended: 8 June 1995

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4040

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: house

Location: Innerwick

County: East Lothian

Electoral Ward: Dunbar and East Linton

Traditional County: East Lothian


The monument comprises the remains of a series of ring ditches and associated features of prehistoric date represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies on level ground on the coastal plain S of Dunbar, on the S bank of the Dry Burn. The numerous ring ditches measure approximately 10-12m in diameter. One is represented half by a ditch and half by an arc of pits while another feature appears to comprise a circle of pits. These suggest that the ring ditches represent former timber domestic buildings with internal post-rings. Nonetheless the reported discovery of cist burials from the site suggests that some of the ring ditches may represent barrows.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the visible features described above and an area around them in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. It is irregular in shape with maximum dimensions of 500m WNW-ESE by 210m 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 prehistoric house construction and domestic organisation. It may also contain evidence for prehistoric burial and provide important evidence for the study of the relationship of prehistoric funerary and settlement locations.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The monument is RCAHMS NT 77 NW 21.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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