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Smeaton Bridge,pit alignment 100m north west of

A Scheduled Monument in Tranent, Wallyford and Macmerry, East Lothian

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Latitude: 55.916 / 55°54'57"N

Longitude: -3.0521 / 3°3'7"W

OS Eastings: 334336

OS Northings: 669713

OS Grid: NT343697

Mapcode National: GBR 7041.A3

Mapcode Global: WH7V0.2KWK

Entry Name: Smeaton Bridge,pit alignment 100m NW of

Scheduled Date: 26 April 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5672

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: pit alignment

Location: Inveresk

County: East Lothian

Electoral Ward: Tranent, Wallyford and Macmerry

Traditional County: Midlothian


The monument comprises 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 from the N bank of the River Esk for a distance of approximately 60m. The individual pits are relatively large, appearing approximately 2.5-3.5m in diameter.

The alignment disappears as it enters the adjacent field to the NE. The area to be scheduled is triangular in shape with a base of 80m ENE-WSW and measuring 70m NNW-SSE, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

This monument is of national importance because of its potential to contribute to our understanding of prehistoric field systems and economic practice. It lies in an area rich in prehistoric settlement and field systems and its significance is enhanced by its association with related elements within this wider landscape. The pits themselves also have the potential to provide palaeo-environmental evidence relating to the period of their construction and use.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 36 NW 67.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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