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- HER number: MEL1037
- Site Name: Standingstone Farm
- Grid Reference: 356599 673253
- Civil Parish:
- Summary: Cropmark of an enclosed settlement, investigated as part of the TLEP
- Description: NT57SE 45 565 732
NT57SE 45 5661 7322
(1) NT 5659 7325 An area ground resistance survey was conducted over part of a field that had previously been magnetically surveyed by Durham University. An area of 4800m² was surveyed, showing a high resistance oval some 60m on its long axis NE-SW. The middle of this coincides with the semi-circular mark detected by the Durham survey. The stony nature of the field at its E end and lack of clear shape in the resistivity printout could indicate that archaeology is partially masked by the geology.
Sponsors: HS, Edinburgh Archaeological Field Society, Mr A Drysdale, Mainshill Farm.
H M D Jones 2002
(2) The Traprain Law Environs Project is investigating the settlement and economy of the landscape around Traprain Law during the 1st millennia BC and AD. Since 2000, geophysical surveys have been conducted on 30 neighbouring cropmark sites, which have been followed up by a series of evaluation trenches and open-area excavations.
(NT 566 733) Standingstone. Enclosure situated on the end of a low ridge which extends SW from Traprain Law and overlooks lowland to the N, S and W. A geomagnetic survey of the site revealed a single oval ditch forming a partial enclosure, with a 30m break in the circuit to the NW. Excavation took place over the entirety of the enclosure, and confirmed this break in the circuit. The ditch was cut through the bedrock, and had been recut at one stage. Contemporary with the ditch were two phases of a palisade running around the interior of the ditch, which may have demarcate d the interior edge of the bank. Inside the enclosure, three features with sunken cobbled surfaces were excavated (proto-souterrains), two of which were partially surrounded by curving wall gullies. A series of post-holes cut across these at a later date, perhaps blocking off the gap in the enclosure circuit.
In an extension to the excavation to the E, the remains of two Bronze Age cremation vessels were recovered, their contents partially scattered by plough damage. These are likely to have been associated with a series of features across the site which pre-date the enclosure, including several fire-pits packed with charcoal and a number of post-holes. A shallow straight ditch, detected by the geomagnetic survey - perhaps an earlier field boundary - was also shown to pre-date the enclosure.
Archive to be deposited in the NMRS.
Sponsors: HS, British Academy, Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.
P Carne, D Hale and C Haselgrove 2003
(3) Radiocarbon dates indicate occupation at the site during the Neolithic period. The hillside was used for burials during the Early Bronze Age. An unenclosed settlement during the later Bronze Age was enclosed during the 10th or earlier 9th century cal BC. The site was reoccupied during the Later Iron Age by an unenclosed settlement represented by three large circular structures.
- For more information contact: East Lothian Council HER
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- (1) Bibliographic reference: Jones, H M D. 2002. 'Standingstone, East Lothian (Morham parish), geophysical survey', Discovery Excav Scot Vol. 3 2002, p.40. 40.
- (3) Monograph: Haselgrove, C. 2009. The Traprain Law Environs Project; Fieldwork and Excavations 2000-2004.