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Blacklaw Wood,enclosure

A Scheduled Monument in Haddington and Lammermuir, East Lothian

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Latitude: 55.8726 / 55°52'21"N

Longitude: -2.8275 / 2°49'38"W

OS Eastings: 348319

OS Northings: 664686

OS Grid: NT483646

Mapcode National: GBR 80PJ.NP

Mapcode Global: WH7V9.JNSD

Entry Name: Blacklaw Wood,enclosure

Scheduled Date: 14 October 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5756

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Humbie

County: East Lothian

Electoral Ward: Haddington and Lammermuir

Traditional County: East Lothian


The monument comprises the remains of an enclosed settlement of prehistoric date represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs.

The site lies on a pronounced mound above the Leaston Burn in an area of undulating arable farmland. The E part of the enclosure now lies under the trees which fringe the burn. The enclosure was originally either D-shaped, with the burn forming its E side, or sub-oval in shape. The overall dimensions of the visible portion of the enclosure are approximately 100m N-S by 60m. It is defined by a ditch some 4-5m wide. Two well-defined entrances are visible at the N and S ends of the W side.

In the interior of the enclosure, close to the S entrance, is a dense, dark cropmark probably representing the remains of an internal building or occupation area. Other less well-defined cropmarks suggest that there may be good survival of internal deposits.

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 plan with maximum dimensions of 180m NNW-SSE by 90m 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 later prehistoric enclosed settlement and economy. The internal deposits on the site may be expected to contain information relating to the nature and chronology of the occupation on this class of site while the enclosing ditch, together with internal deposits, will provide information relating to site economy and rampart construction.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 46 SE 15.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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