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- HER number: MEL816
- Site Name: East Linton
- Grid Reference: 358518 676557
- Civil Parish:
- Summary: Cropmarks of a triple-ditched palisaded enclosure, investigated as part of the TLEP
- Description: NT57NE 17 5851 7655.
(1) NT 585 765. Aerial photographs (RAF/CPE/Scot/UK257: 4119-20; CUCAP) reveal a triple-ditched rectilinear enclosure (?fort) as crop marks in a cultivated field, N of the River Tyne 1/2 mile SW of East Linton.
Having more or less straight sides and rounded angles, it measures internally about 400ft by 200ft along the axes; the ditces are close-set and there is no trace of an entrance. Air photographs also show 'what appears to be a narrow ditch in the interior, running from N to S and cutting off the NE corner.' There are no traces of internal buildings. (This site is listed by Maxwell among a number of enclosures which he compares with Iron Age timber-house sites on the Northumberland coastal plain).
G Maxwell 1970; RCAHMS Marginal Lands MSS
(2) NT 5851 7655. No trace of this feature was seen on the ground. The site lies in a gently sloping arable field, the ground falling away abruptly along the hedge-line on the S side of the site.
Visited by OS (WDJ) 24 October 1962
(3) Further aerial photographs have been taken by the RCAHMS and by CUCAP.
(Undated) information in NMRS.
(4) The Traprain Law Environs Project is investigating the settlement and economy of the landscape around Traprain Law during the 1st millennia BC and AD (see DES 2003, 60-61). Since 2000, geophysical surveys have been conducted on 30 cropmark sites, which have been followed up by a series of evaluation trenches and open area excavations.
NT 58 51 East Linton. A smaller excavation also took place across the multi-vallate enclosure at East Linton. A trench recorded sections through the three enclosure ditches. The innermost ditch was c 4m wide and 1.6m deep, the outer two ditches 3m wide and 1.2m in depth. A palisade was also recorded between the inner and central ditch. Each of the ditches had been recut at least once.
Archive to be deposited in the NMRS.
Sponsors: HS, British Academy, Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.
P Carne, D Hale and C Haselgrove 2004.
(5) Radiocarbon dates from excavated deposits indicate that the enclosed settlement spans from the Late Bronze Age to the Late Iron Age.
- For more information contact: East Lothian Council HER
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- Bibliographic reference: RCAHMS. 1957. The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. An inventory of the ancient and historical monuments of Selkirkshire with the fifteenth report of the Commission. xv.
- (1) Bibliographic reference: Maxwell, G S. 1970a. 'Early rectilinear enclosures in the Lothians', Scot Archaeol Forum Vol. 2 1970, p.86-90. 89.
- (4) Bibliographic reference: Carne, P, Hale, D and Haselgrove, C. 2004. Traprain Law Environs Project (Whitekirk & Tyninghame; Prestonkirk parishes), enclosure cropmarks', Discovery Excav Scot, 5, 2004, p 46. . 46-7.
- (5) Monograph: Haselgrove, C. 2009. The Traprain Law Environs Project; Fieldwork and Excavations 2000-2004.