East Fortune Hospital / East Fortune Sanitorium
- HER number: MEL813
- Site Name: East Fortune Hospital / East Fortune Sanitorium
- Grid Reference: 355050 679369
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- Monument Type:
- Long Cist
- Long Cist Cemetery
- Summary: Long cist cemetery
- Description: NT57NE 14 5505 7937 and 5505 7932.
NT 550 793. East Fortune Sanatorium, 1948, two long cists. One had 3 slabs at either side, single end slabs, and three bottom slabs of which that at the W end tilted to raise the head and shoulders; covers were missing since only 16 ins from surface; internal depth 5 - 9 ins, length 5 3/4ft, axis 78 degrees E. The other cist, 3ft away, capstones 2ft below surface, was not uncovered. Four other cists side by side were found 40 yds further S about 1940.
R B K Stevenson 1954
(NT 5505 7937) Two long cists between two hospital blocks (17 August 1948).
(NT 5505 7932) Four ditto side by side, ?about 1940, approximate site.
NMAS 6" note.
Enquiries at East Fortune Sanatorium failed to find any further information about these cists. The find-spots shown on OS 6" record sheet were believed by Dr W Murray, East Fortune Sanitorium, to be correct to the best of his knowledge.
Visited by OS (WDJ) 30 October 1962
(1) In January and February 2006, Headland Archaeology undertook an evaluation of the East Fortune Hospital complex in support of a planning application by John G Gray (Homes) Ltd. The desk-based assessment indicated the likelihood of archaeological activity within the site boundary and showed that much of the current hospital complex consists of survivng buildings from the First and Second World War airbases that precede it. The trial trench evaluation was conducted within a 100m radius of the location of two long-cists discovered in the 1940s. While no further burials were discovered, a number of linear features of possible medieval date were discovered towards the west of the evaluation zone. A rapid walkover survey identified a number of minor military structures not included on the original application plan.
- For more information contact: East Lothian Council HER
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- Bibliographic reference: Stevenson, R B K. 1954a. 'Long cist burials, particularly those at Galson (Lewis) and Garioch (Wester Ross), with a symbol stone at Garioch', Proc Soc Antiq Scot Vol. 86 1951-2, p.106-14. 111.
- (1) Unpublished document: Atkinson, D & Kimber, M. 2006. East Fortune Hospital, East Lothian: Archaeological Assessment, Evaluation and Building Survey.