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Garvald Mains, palisaded enclosure 780m SSE of

A Scheduled Monument in Haddington and Lammermuir, East Lothian

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Latitude: 55.9152 / 55°54'54"N

Longitude: -2.6574 / 2°39'26"W

OS Eastings: 359008

OS Northings: 669322

OS Grid: NT590693

Mapcode National: GBR 90W1.HD

Mapcode Global: WH8WB.4LV5

Entry Name: Garvald Mains, palisaded enclosure 780m SSE of

Scheduled Date: 28 February 2000

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM8786

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: palisaded enclosure

Location: Garvald and Bara

County: East Lothian

Electoral Ward: Haddington and Lammermuir

Traditional County: East Lothian


The monument comprises a palisaded enclosure of prehistoric date, visible as cropmarks on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies on gently sloping ground in an area of arable farmland, lying just to the SW of the Hairy Burn at a height of around 190m OD. It is circular in form, and measures approximately 50m in diameter. Its limits are defined by a narrow slot, within which would once have been a set a palisade of closely spaced upright timber posts.

The monument represents the remains of a defended settlement site, probably dating to the Bronze Age; excavations at compraable sites would suggest that one or more timber buildings would once have stood in the interior, although nothing is visble on the aerial photographs.

The area proposed for scheduling includes the visible extent of the remains described and an area around them in which related material may be expected to be found. It is circular on plan, measuring 65m in diameter, as marked in red upon the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because it has the potential to contribute to our understanding of settlement and economy in the prehistoric period.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 56 NE 58.

Aerial Photographs used:

RCAHMS (1992) C1960.

RCAHMS (1995) C52852.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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