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Bowerhouse,enclosure 250m north west of

A Scheduled Monument in Dunbar and East Linton, East Lothian

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Latitude: 55.9828 / 55°58'58"N

Longitude: -2.5397 / 2°32'22"W

OS Eastings: 366423

OS Northings: 676783

OS Grid: NT664767

Mapcode National: GBR ND2X.57Z

Mapcode Global: WH8VZ.YWSC

Entry Name: Bowerhouse,enclosure 250m NW of

Scheduled Date: 16 November 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5833

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Dunbar

County: East Lothian

Electoral Ward: Dunbar and East Linton

Traditional County: East Lothian


The monument comprises the remains of an enclosed settlement of prehistoric date represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs.

The enclosure lies on a prominent knoll above the steep N bank of a small burn, at around 40m OD. It commands extensive views in all directions. The enclosure is defined by a single, semi-circular ditch enclosing an D-shaped area with approximate measurements of 140m NE-SW, along the side of the burn, by 80m. The bank of the burn forms the SE side of the enclosure. There are no convincing traces of an entrance.

The area around the monument is rich in cropmark enclosures and appears to have been densely settled in the prehistoric period. 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 semi-circular with a diameter of 150m 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 organisation and economy. The association of the monument with the wider distribution of enclosed settlements in the area greatly enhances its significance.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 67 NE 77.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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