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Blinkbonny Wood,enclosures 200m north of

A Scheduled Monument in Haddington and Lammermuir, East Lothian

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Latitude: 55.8729 / 55°52'22"N

Longitude: -2.7432 / 2°44'35"W

OS Eastings: 353593

OS Northings: 664664

OS Grid: NT535646

Mapcode National: GBR 908J.XK

Mapcode Global: WH7VB.TNW4

Entry Name: Blinkbonny Wood,enclosures 200m N of

Scheduled Date: 22 November 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5826

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Yester

County: East Lothian

Electoral Ward: Haddington and Lammermuir

Traditional County: East Lothian


This monument comprises a rectilinear ditched enclosure and a circular palisaded enclosure represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs. The two enclosures occupy undulating land between 210 and 220m OD in an area dominated by a major later prehistoric hillfort, the Castles, 350m to the SW.

The rectilinear ditched enclosure lies on locally high ground with open outlooks. It is defined by a broad ditch, approximately 6-7m wide and enclosing an area of some 60m NW-SE by a minimum of 50m. Three sides of the enclosure are visible as cropmarks but the remaining, NE, side is not visible on the photographs due to differential crop cover. There is no break in the visible portions of the ditch.

The interior of the enclosure is dominated by a dense, dark cropmark of "figure-of-eight" plan which may represent the remains of internal buildings and their associated deposits. To the E of the ditched enclosure, on level, lower-lying ground, are the remains of a circular, palisaded enclosure some 40m in diameter. There are no indications of an entrance or of internal deposits.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the visible features and an area around them in which traces of associated deposits may be expected to survive. It is irregular in shape with maximum dimensions of 290m E-W by 155m 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 settlement and economy. The rectilinear enclosure is of a type thought to date to the period of the Roman incursions into Scotland. The internal deposits of this enclosure will provide important information on house construction and spatial patterning of domestic and economic activities in this period. Its relationship with the adjacent palisaded enclosure will provide evidence for the relationships between these two distinctive forms of later prehistoric settlement.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 56 SW 12 and 28.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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