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Newton,pit alignment 600m south east of

A Scheduled Monument in Musselburgh, East Lothian

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Latitude: 55.9139 / 55°54'49"N

Longitude: -3.0613 / 3°3'40"W

OS Eastings: 333760

OS Northings: 669482

OS Grid: NT337694

Mapcode National: GBR 7021.1W

Mapcode Global: WH6SV.YMF7

Entry Name: Newton,pit alignment 600m SE of

Scheduled Date: 6 August 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5705

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 an

agricultural boundary of prehistoric date, represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs.

The visible remains comprise a single line of closely spaced pits running approximately N-S for a distance of 460m. The alignment appears to continue to the N across the district boundary into East Lothian.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the visible features together with an area around them in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. The area has maximum dimensions of 520m N-S by 60m E-W, as marked in red on the accompanying map. This original scheduling was amended in 2009 to include the following exclusions: the corridor of the A68 road lying between NGR NT 33730 69433 and NT 33788 69416 to the north and NGR NT 33727 69398 and NT 33786 69380 to the south and the post-and-rail fences that bound the road corridor in this location.

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 evidence relating to prehistoric economy and environment. The site's 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 53.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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