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Thistly Cross,enclosure 200m east of

A Scheduled Monument in Dunbar and East Linton, East Lothian

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Latitude: 55.9896 / 55°59'22"N

Longitude: -2.5529 / 2°33'10"W

OS Eastings: 365604

OS Northings: 677541

OS Grid: NT656775

Mapcode National: GBR ND1W.K64

Mapcode Global: WH8VZ.RQJ5

Entry Name: Thistly Cross,enclosure 200m E of

Scheduled Date: 16 November 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5832

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 flat ground on the East Lothian coastal plain at around 20m OD. It is square with sides approxmately 60m long, defined by a single ditch some 3-4m wide. There is no clear indication of the position of an entrance. A dense, dark cropmark in the centre of the enclosure appears to represent the remains of deposits associated with an internal structure.

Square and rectangular enclosures of this type are generally thought to date from the period of Roman influence in southern Scotland. The enclosure lies in an area rich in buried archaeology, mostly comprising enclosed settlements of the later prehistoric period.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the visible features along with an area around them in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. It is circular with a diameter of 120m 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 native settlement organisation and economy in the period of Roman influence in southern Scotland. Its significance is greatly enhanced by its association with the wider landscape of enclosed settlements in the area.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 67 NE 81.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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