- HER number: MEL1749
- Site Name: Whitberry Point
- Grid Reference: 363599 681299
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- Monument Type:
- Trench (20th Century, Modern, World War II Period)
- Summary: Possible enclosure, and WWII slit trenches
- Description: NT68SW 22 636 813.
(1) Trapezoidal platform-like feature to the north of cairn NT68SW 4, approximately 150m by 150m. Apparently formed from banked sand, it is only slightly damaged by wartime trenches. The only visible features on the surface are some possibly rigs following the alignment of the platform, NE-SW.
C J Aliaga-Kelly 1985.
(2) A possible enclosure, on a promontory, formed of banked sand with rig on its surface, was identified in 1985. The area was located on the promontory, however no rigs as described could be seen. The area had the appearance of a natural feature. This area has been disturbed by three WW2 slit trenching observed on 1946 AP's, and it is possible that the remains of these were mistaken for earlier features. Two of the three trenches are still extant (see below). No features resembling the enclosure or rig were located on the 1946, 1973, or 1988 AP's. B108 7196-7 15/4/46; B739 009-013; C279 055-7 7/6/88.
An L-shaped trench around a concrete and rubble mound 25m east of NT 6358 8127. The trench is 0.40m wide at the bottom stepping out to 1.20m at the top. The trench edges are revetted at the bottom by corrugated iron sheeting and by a wire and stake fence at the top. Both trenches are 8m long. This trench visible on 1946 AP's. B108 7196-7 15/4/46.
Site recorded by GUARD during the Coastal Assessment Survey for Historic Scotland, 'The Firth of Forth from Dunbar to the Coast of Fife' 17th February 1996.
(3) A series of trenches are located on elevated ground on a headland to the east of Bathan's Strand. Within 10m of the cliff edge, a curvilinear trench is now very overgrown and was filled with water at the time of this survey. It appears to measure c. 1m in width and to extend approximately W- E for over 150m long. Further inland, an L-shaped trench is located at NT 63605 81235 (3m accuracy). This measures 2m at maximum width and up to 1.5m deep. The base is stepped out. The NE leg measures some 7m, while the W- E leg measures 15m. A stony mound, probably representing upcast, lies within the angle.
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- (1) Bibliographic reference: Aliaga-Kelly, C J. 1985a. 'Whitberry Point (Whitekirk and Tyningham p), enclosed settlement (possible)', Discovery Excav Scot 1985, p.29. 29.
- (2) Unpublished document: James, H F. 1996. Coastal Assessment Survey: The Firth of Forth from Dunbar to the Border of Fife. 227-8.
- (3) Unpublished document: Moore, H and Wilson, G. 2006. Report on Coastal Zone Assessment Survey: East Lothian and Scottish Borders. site 10.