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Newton,pit alignment 500m east of

A Scheduled Monument in Musselburgh, East Lothian

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Latitude: 55.9163 / 55°54'58"N

Longitude: -3.0608 / 3°3'38"W

OS Eastings: 333794

OS Northings: 669750

OS Grid: NT337697

Mapcode National: GBR 7021.E6

Mapcode Global: WH6SV.YKNC

Entry Name: Newton,pit alignment 500m E of

Scheduled Date: 6 August 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5706

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: pit alignment

Location: Inveresk

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 NS for a distance of approximately 30m. The alignment appears to continue to the S across the district boundary into Midlothian.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the visible pits together with an area around them in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. The area is irregular in shape with maximum dimensions of 50m N-S by 30m E-W 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 prehistoric field systems and land management regimes. The site may also be expected to yield evidence 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 NT 36 NW 53.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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