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Castle Steads,pit alignment 150m north east of

A Scheduled Monument in Dalkeith, Midlothian

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Latitude: 55.9151 / 55°54'54"N

Longitude: -3.0547 / 3°3'16"W

OS Eastings: 334172

OS Northings: 669612

OS Grid: NT341696

Mapcode National: GBR 7031.GG

Mapcode Global: WH7V0.1LN8

Entry Name: Castle Steads,pit alignment 150m NE of

Scheduled Date: 6 August 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5708

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: pit alignment

Location: Inveresk

County: Midlothian

Electoral Ward: Dalkeith

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 NW-SE from the W bank of the River Esk for a distance of approximately 60m. The individual pits appear to be approximately 2m in diameter.

The area to be scheduled encompasses all the visible features together with an area around them in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. The area is rectilinear in shape measuring 100m NW-SE by 60m, 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 field systems and land management regimes. It can also be expected to yield information relating to prehistoric economy and environment. The site's significance is enhanced by its association with a number of other field systems and prehistoric settlements in the area.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 36 NW 69.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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