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Lochhill,enclosure 500m south east of

A Scheduled Monument in Preston, Seton and Gosford, East Lothian

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Latitude: 55.9803 / 55°58'49"N

Longitude: -2.8396 / 2°50'22"W

OS Eastings: 347703

OS Northings: 676691

OS Grid: NT477766

Mapcode National: GBR 2P.W9YT

Mapcode Global: WH7TQ.CY08

Entry Name: Lochhill,enclosure 500m SE of

Scheduled Date: 14 October 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5758

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: enclosure (domestic or defensive)

Location: Aberlady

County: East Lothian

Electoral Ward: Preston, Seton and Gosford

Traditional County: East Lothian


The monument comprises the remains of a rectilinear enclosed settlement of prehistoric date represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs. The enclosure occupies the crest of a low hill commanding extensive views in all directions. It is defined by a rectilinear ditch and is almost square in shape with slightly bowed sides. It measures approximately 65m E-W by 60-65m N-S.

Breaks in the ditch suggest possible opposed entrances on the E and W sides of the enclosure. There are no clear traces of internal features. The monument appears to represent the remains of a defended, domestic settlement of a form believed to characterise native settlement partly contemporary with the period of Roman military activity in southern Scotland.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the visible features and 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 150m E-W by 180m N-S 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 native settlement and society in the early centuries AD and of native/Roman interaction in that period. The site may also be expected to contain evidence relating to prehistoric economic practice and the contemporary environment.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 47 NE 9.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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