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Prestonpans, West Loan
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- HER number: MEL6506
- Site Name: Prestonpans, West Loan
- Grid Reference: 338974 674061
- Civil Parish:
- Summary: Ditches, prehistoric and medieval, and post-medieval furrows
- Description: NT37SE 250 390 741
(1) (NT 390 742) A desk-based assessment and archaeological evaluation were undertaken in April 2002 of a gap site at West Loan, adjacent to Preston Tower. The desk-based assessment identified no evidence of earlier structures or activity on the site. However, several sites of interest are recorded in the immediate vicinity.
The evaluation comprised the machine-excavation of 12 trenches, representing a 10% sample of the site. A total of seven features were identified, consisting of six linear features and a shallow pit. Only three of the features produced datable material. A large sherd of later prehistoric pottery was recovered from one ditch along with several smaller sherds of modern glass and ceramic. The remaining stratified finds were post-medieval/modern pottery from a linear feature and a pit.
Archive to be deposited in the NMRS.
J Morrison 2002
(2) (NT 390 742) An archaeological excavation was undertaken in October 2003 at a gap site at West Loan. A previous evaluation (DES 2002, 43) revealed archaeological features of possible prehistoric and medieval date in the SE corner of the site. The excavation therefore focused on this part of the site.
Four phases were identified during the excavation. Phase 1 comprised the truncated remains of three parallel curvilinear ditches, running roughly NE-SW. The nature of the features suggests they belong to the same prehistoric enclosure, but are not necessarily contemporary. The inner ditch produced one pottery sherd of likely Iron Age date, and a fragment of coarser, probably earlier pottery was found within the fill of a post-medieval ditch cut through the middle ditch. Only a small part of the enclosure interior was revealed within the excavated area, and the bulk of the enclosure lies beneath the car park of Preston Tower, to the S of the site.
Phase 2 consisted of a series of medieval ditches running across the site, which cut the prehistoric enclosure. Three of these were recuts of the same ditch, suggesting a possible medieval enclosure.
Phase 3 comprised a series of post-medieval cultivation furrows in the W part of the site, which cut the Phase 2 ditches. A 19th/20th-century service trench represented Phase 4.
Archive to be deposited in the NMRS.
Hart Estates Ltd.
E Jones 2003
NMRS REPORT DATE: 29/10/2004
- For more information contact: East Lothian Council HER
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- (1) Bibliographic reference: Morrison, J. 2002. 'West Loan, Prestonpan, East Lothian (Prestonpans parish), evaluation', Discovery Excav Scot Vol. 3 2002, p.43. 43.
- (2) Unpublished document: Morrison, J. 2002. A Desk Based Assessment and Evaluation at West Loan, Prestonpan, East Lothian.
- (3) Bibliographic reference: Jones, E. 2003d. 'West Loan, Prestonpans (Prestonpans parish), prehistoric enclosure; ?medieval enclosure', Discovery Excav Scot Vol. 4 2003, p.62-3. 62-3.
- (4) Digital archive: Coleman, R. 2004. Digital Archives for West Loan Prestonpans, Briary Bank Haddington, and Old Craighall Musselburgh.
- (5) Unpublished document: Jones, E. 2003. West Loan, Prestonpans, East Lothian: Results of an Archaeological Excavation.
- (6) Unpublished document: Jones, E. 2004. West Loan, Prestonpans, East Lothian: Supplementary Post-excavation Report.
- (7) Digital archive: Jones, E. 2004. West Loan, Prestonpans, East Lothian: Supplementary Post-excavation Report.
- (8) Article in serial: Jones, E. 2006. "Prestonpans in the Iron Age: Excavations at West Loan, 2003" Transactions of the East Lothian Antiquarian and Field Naturalists Society, vol. 26, 2006.