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Nunraw Barns, pit alignment south east of

A Scheduled Monument in Haddington and Lammermuir, East Lothian

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Latitude: 55.9228 / 55°55'22"N

Longitude: -2.6565 / 2°39'23"W

OS Eastings: 359072

OS Northings: 670166

OS Grid: NT590701

Mapcode National: GBR 2X.ZWMV

Mapcode Global: WH8WB.5D8B

Entry Name: Nunraw Barns, pit alignment SE of

Scheduled Date: 28 February 2000

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM8777

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: pit alignment; Prehistoric ritual and funerary: pit alignment (r

Location: Garvald and Bara

County: East Lothian

Electoral Ward: Haddington and Lammermuir

Traditional County: East Lothian


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

The monument lies within an area of arable land, on gently rising ground at a height of between 165m and 190m OD. It comprises a single continuous line of pits which can be traced as cropmarks in two ajacent fields over a distance of approximately 470m.

The pit alignment runs in a NNE-SSW direction over much of its length, but towards its S end, at a distance of approximately 310m from the NNE limits of the monument, there is a pronounced kink in the line of the alignment, and the direction changes onto a N-S course.

The pits may once have held timber posts which have since rotted away, or they may have been the quarry pits for a bank, since ploughed away. The feature may have served as a practical land division or some form of symbolic boundary marker within the landscape. The monument could date from the Neolithic period or later in prehistory.

The area proposed for scheduling includes the visible extent of the remains described and an area around them within which related material may be expected to be found. It is irregular on plan, and measures approximately 500m from its northernmost to its southernmost point, by about 40m across, as marked in red upon the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a particularly long and apparently well-preserved pit alignment, with considerable potential to enhance our understanding of the division of the landscape in prehistory.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 57 SE 84.

Aerial Photographs used:

RCAHMS (1992) C/1974.

RCAHMS (1994) C/29547.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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