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Eaglescairnie Mains,enclosure 450m ESE of

A Scheduled Monument in Haddington and Lammermuir, East Lothian

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Latitude: 55.9096 / 55°54'34"N

Longitude: -2.7678 / 2°46'4"W

OS Eastings: 352097

OS Northings: 668764

OS Grid: NT520687

Mapcode National: GBR 9033.KF

Mapcode Global: WH7V4.GQ6H

Entry Name: Eaglescairnie Mains,enclosure 450m ESE of

Scheduled Date: 1 November 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5821

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Bolton

County: East Lothian

Electoral Ward: Haddington and Lammermuir

Traditional County: East Lothian


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

The site lies on locally high ground just S of the crest of a NW-SE running ridge. It commands extensive views in all directions. The enclosure is oval with overall dimensions of approximately 50m NE-SW by 40m. It is defined by a broad ditch some 5m wide. There is no visible break in the ditch to suggest an entrance, but the NE part of the perimeter is obscured by trees which may conceal an entrance.

Although there are no clear traces of internal features on the available photographic coverage, experience elsewhere suggests that these will survive under the ploughsoil.

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 rectangular with maximum dimensions of 80m NW-SE by 50m 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 contribute to our understanding of prehistoric settlement and economy. The ditch is likely to contain evidence relating to the nature and chronology of internal occupation and to the construction of the defences. Internal deposits may be expected to provide further evidence of the nature of the occupation and material relating to the economy of the site.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 56 NW 19.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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