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Spott Mill,promontory fort

A Scheduled Monument in Dunbar and East Linton, East Lothian

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Latitude: 55.9597 / 55°57'34"N

Longitude: -2.5561 / 2°33'21"W

OS Eastings: 365381

OS Northings: 674217

OS Grid: NT653742

Mapcode National: GBR ND1Y.XDK

Mapcode Global: WH8W5.QG1K

Entry Name: Spott Mill,promontory fort

Scheduled Date: 30 November 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5841

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Stenton

County: East Lothian

Electoral Ward: Dunbar and East Linton

Traditional County: East Lothian


The monument comprises the remains of a promontory fort of prehistoric date represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument occupies an inland promontory formed by the junction of the Brock and Spott burns. It lies at around 110m OD overlooking an area of rich arable farmland. The fort is defined by a series of four broad ditches which seal off the landward approach to the promontory from the S and W.

The outermost ditch appears to divide into two towards its S end. Each ditch appears to be approximately 5-7m wide with similar intervening distances. There are no indications of entrances across any of the ditches. The area enclosed by the ditches is roughly triangular measuring approximately 80m NW-SE at its widest point, by 80m NE-SW.

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 roughly triangular with maximum dimensions of 180m NW-SE by 210m NNE-SSW 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 defensive settlement in the prehistoric period. The ditches may be expected to contain detailed evidence for the date, sequence and nature of the defences while the interior may be expected to contain deposits relating to the contemporary occupation.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 67 SE 11.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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