- HER number: MEL8297
- Site Name: Oxenfoord Mains
- Grid Reference: 339769 667519
- Civil Parish:
- Monument Type:
- Enclosed Settlement (Late Prehistoric, Prehistoric)
- Farmstead (Post Medieval)
- Summary: Cropmarks of an enclosure and site of former farnmstead (possible)
- Description: NT36NE 49 3970 6752
(1) Cropmarks reveal an enclosure 400m NE of Oxenfoord Mains. Although the E side is not clearly defined, the enclosure measures at least 60m square within a ditch up to 3m broad, and there is an entrance on the NW.
NMRS REPORT DATE: 13/11/1991
(2) In a letter dated 01/11/2008, Andrew Fulton of Historic Scotland discusses the significance of this Scheduled Ancient Monument. Their assessment remains that it represents 'a later prehistoric settlement of national importance'. Historic maps provided by Headland Archaeology Ltd suggest the 'possible later re-occupation of the site as a farmstead (known as Stand Pretty)'.
(3-4) A desk-based assessment undertaken by Headland Archaeology in 2009 as part of an enivronmental Impact Assessment for a proposed Surface Mine, identified the presence of a farmstead annotated 'Stand Pretty' at this location. The farmstead is depicted on Roy's map as a building with an associated small enclosure, and is shown on subsequent maps until Forrester's map of 1850 as two buildings. Stand Pretty is not shown on the Ordnance Survey 1st Edition map.
- For more information contact: MidLothian Council HER
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- (1) Bibliographic reference: RCAHMS. 1988. The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. The archaeological sites and monuments of Midlothian (prehistoric to early historic), Midlothian District, Lothian Region. 30, No.147.
- (2) Unpublished document: Fulton, A. 2008. Oxenfoord Mains Enclosure Scheduled Ancient Monument.
- (3) Unpublished document: RPS Planning & Development. 2009. Cultural Heritage & Archaeology.
- (4) Digital archive: RPS Planning & Development. 2009. Airfield Surface Mine.