Old Craighall / Eastfield
- HER number: MEL213
- Site Name: Old Craighall / Eastfield
- Grid Reference: 333894 670617
- Civil Parish:
- Monument Type:
- Pit Alignment
- Round House (domestic)
- Ridge And Furrow
- Summary: Cropmarks of pit alignments, hut circles, pits, and rig
- Description: NT37SW 178 337 704 to 339 708.
See also NT37SW 23, 69-76, 179 and 187.
The polygon on the GIS covers a large area of dense cropmarks, including pit alignments, hut circles, pits, and rig, as well as a relict river channel. See MEL6716, MEL213, MEL9688, and MEL9689. Some of these cropmarks have been obliterated by the A1.
(1) In January 2009, Headland Archaeology Ltd undertook an evaluation at Old Craighall Junction, Musselburgh on the site of a proposed development. Trial trenches were excavated in fields between the A1 and Musselburgh golf course where cropmark features, including two pit alignments and a circular feature thought to be related to prehistoric settlement, had been previously recorded. The existence and survival of both pit alignments was confirmed. The circular feature was identified as a pit 8 m in diameter backfilled with coal and/or cinder, and is probably related to documented 18th-19th century coal mining in the vicinity. Previously unrecorded features, comprising groups of small pits, were identified in two locations along the crest of the ridge that forms the southern edge of the east field. These features probably represent the fringes of an area of prehistoric settlement activity, related to cropmark features within the area to the south of the site now occupied by the road junction.
- For more information contact: East Lothian Council HER
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- Related Places:
- (1) Unpublished document: Masser, P. 2009. Old Craighall Junction, Musselburgh: Archaeological Evaluation.
- (2) Digital archive: Masser, P. 2009. Old Craighall Junction, Musselburgh: Archaeological Evaluation.