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The Chesters,fort,Spott

A Scheduled Monument in Dunbar and East Linton, East Lothian

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Latitude: 55.9571 / 55°57'25"N

Longitude: -2.5462 / 2°32'46"W

OS Eastings: 365994

OS Northings: 673926

OS Grid: NT659739

Mapcode National: GBR ND2Z.28K

Mapcode Global: WH8W5.VJQJ

Entry Name: The Chesters,fort,Spott

Scheduled Date: 15 October 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5766

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: fort (includes hill and promontory fort)

Location: Spott

County: East Lothian

Electoral Ward: Dunbar and East Linton

Traditional County: East Lothian


The monument comprises the remains of a bivallate hillfort of later prehistoric date represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument crowns the top of a hill at around 200m OD, commanding extensive views over the East Lothian coastal plain. The fort is defined by two very broad concentric ditches, each up to 14m wide, with an overall diameter of approximately 190-200m. There are entrances visible in the ESE and SW and a possible third entrance in the NW.

The interior contains a series of diffuse cropmarks

suggesting the presence of extensive occupation deposits.

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 circular with a diameter of 260m 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 high status settlement organisation and defensive construction in the later prehistoric period. The ditches may be expected to contain evidence for the construction, date and development of the monument while the internal deposits should enable the detailed examination of contemporary occupation.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 67 SE 2.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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