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Newton,pit alignment 150m east of

A Scheduled Monument in Musselburgh, East Lothian

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Latitude: 55.9167 / 55°55'0"N

Longitude: -3.0658 / 3°3'56"W

OS Eastings: 333482

OS Northings: 669805

OS Grid: NT334698

Mapcode National: GBR 7010.1V

Mapcode Global: WH6SV.WK80

Entry Name: Newton,pit alignment 150m E of

Scheduled Date: 19 July 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5704

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: pit alignment

Location: Newton

County: East Lothian

Electoral Ward: Musselburgh

Traditional County: Midlothian


The monument comprises part of a pit alignment, probably a boundary of prehistoric date, represented by cropmarks visible from oblique aerial photographs.

The visible remains comprise a single line of closely spaced pits, each approximately 2m in diameter. The alignment runs approximately N-S incorporating minor deviations. The length of this portion of the alignment is 250m. To the N of this it continues across the district boundary into East Lothian.

The area to be scheduled is irregular in shape with maximum dimensions of 280m N-S by 75m E-W, as marked in red on the accompanying map. The original scheduling was amended in 2009 to include the following exclusions: the post and rail fence between NGR NT 33505 69645 and NT 33518 69702 together with all ground to the east of that fence.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to add to our understanding of prehistoric field systems and land management regimes. The site may also be expected to yield information relating to prehistoric economy and environment. Its significance is enhanced by its spatial association with a number of prehistoric settlements and other field systems in the area.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT36NW 52.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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