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Easter Broomhouse,promontory fort 400m south of

A Scheduled Monument in Dunbar and East Linton, East Lothian

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Latitude: 55.9792 / 55°58'45"N

Longitude: -2.5155 / 2°30'55"W

OS Eastings: 367926

OS Northings: 676367

OS Grid: NT679763

Mapcode National: GBR ND4X.B9N

Mapcode Global: WH8W0.BZC4

Entry Name: Easter Broomhouse,promontory fort 400m S of

Scheduled Date: 30 November 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5836

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 promontory fort of prehistoric date represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument occupies an inland promontory at around 50m OD, defined by the Spott Burn to the S and a steep-sided hollow to the E. The N and W approaches were sealed off by two parallel, curving ditches although these cannot be traced across the whole width of the approach.

The outer ditch is some 6m wide and is separated by about 12m from the narrower inner ditch which is some 3m wide. The interior of the fort contains several rather amorphous cropmarks which may potentially be associated with surviving internal structures and 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 irregular in shape with maximum dimensions of 100m E-W by 110m 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 defensive settlement. The ditches may be expected to contain evidence for the construction and date of the defences as well as material relating to the contemporary economy and environment of the site, while the interior may contain deposits relating to the contemporary organisation of occupation.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 67 NE 74.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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