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Pleasants,enclosure 100m south east of

A Scheduled Monument in Dunbar and East Linton, East Lothian

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Latitude: 55.9727 / 55°58'21"N

Longitude: -2.5386 / 2°32'18"W

OS Eastings: 366482

OS Northings: 675655

OS Grid: NT664756

Mapcode National: GBR ND2X.ZQJ

Mapcode Global: WH8W5.Z49K

Entry Name: Pleasants,enclosure 100m SE of

Scheduled Date: 14 October 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5763

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Spott

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 gently sloping ground at around 80m OD some 200m N of Spott Burn. It is defined by a single annular ditch, varying in width between 2-5m, which encloses an area some 50m in diameter. There is no clear indication of an entrance across this ditch, although it does appear discontinuous to the E where the cropmark is less well-defined. A dense, dark cropmark occupies the centre of the enclosure and appears to represent deposits associated with an internal structure.

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 140m 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 domestic organisation and economy in the prehistoric period. The apparent survival of internal deposits suggests that the monument may contain evidence for the construction and use of at least one domestic building.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 67 NE 83.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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