- HER number: MEL835
- Site Name: Gilmerton House
- Grid Reference: 355486 677579
- Civil Parish:
- Monument Type:
- Enclosure (Iron Age, Late Prehistoric, Prehistoric)
- Findspot (Iron Age, Late Prehistoric, Late Iron Age, Prehistoric, Roman)
- Summary: Cropmark of large circular enclosure, finds of Roman brooches, etc
- Description: NT57NE 34 55487 77580
(1) This large enclosure has been recorded as cropmarks on oblique aerial photographs (RCAHMSAP 1980, 1994) lying on flat ground to the WSW of Gilmerton House. It is roughly circular on plan and measures about 70m in diameter within a ditch at least 3m in breadth. There is an entrance on the S.
Information from RCAHMS (DCC) 4 March 2005
(2) In February 2008, Fraser Hunter of the National Museums of Scotland led a group of students on a fieldwalking survey at Gilmerton House enclosure cropmark site. The fieldwalking produced a scatter of flint, a thin scatter of medieval pottery, some Iron Age pottery and stone tools.
NT 555 775 Following earlier finds of a Roman brooch (DES 2007, 69), three more brooches and a Romano-British stud were found by metal detecting in a field known to contain a later prehistoric enclosure on 20 February 2008. The farmer stated that a pair of rotary querns had also been found in the field during subsoiling 20 years previously, but their current location is unknown. A fieldwalking exercise produced a thin scatter of both early and later prehistoric material, the latter including pottery and stone tools as well as two sherds of Roman glass, adding to the picture of a locally rich site. The finds came from around rather than over the enclosure, suggesting either offsite middening or a more dispersed open settlement. The recent metal detecting finds were claimed as Treasure Trove (TT46/07, 79/07) and allocated to East Lothian Museums, where the fieldwalking finds will also go. Funder: National Museums Scotland Fraser Hunter (Department of Archaeology, National Museums Scotland), 2008
- For more information contact: East Lothian Council HER
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- Spatial Representation Source: Historic Environment Scotland. RCAHMS AP transcriptions (line). photo no EL4965.
- : Hunter, F. 2008. 'Gilmerton House, East Lothian (Athelstaneford parish), metal detecting and fieldwalking', Discovery Excav Scot, New Series, Vol. 9, 2008, p. 60, Cathedral Communications Limited, Wiltshire, England.. 60.
- (1) Aerial Photograph: RCAHMS. Various.
- (2) Unpublished document: Hunter, F. 2008. Gilmerton House, Athelstaneford.