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Pencraig Hill Standing Stone (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Fieldnotes

A view from the road 31.7.14

The stone is easily seen from the A1 but I was unable to get a close-up look as the stone was surrounded by a field of wheat. Once the crop has been harvested it would only be a short walk from the road. A nice, tall, pointy stone. Well worth a look.
Posted by CARL
6th August 2014ce

Doonhill (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork) — Fieldnotes

Visited 31.7.14

Sign posted off the A1 – south of Dunbar

As part of my on-going mission to visit all the Historic Scotland sites I find myself at the Doonhill Homestead. I would strongly suggest you park at the start of the track leading to the homestead rather than be tempted to drive up it. The track is not in good condition but the biggest problem is that at the top of the track (where there is a small car park) several bars are missing from the cattle grid. This means that anyone driving over the grid will feel their tyres disappear into a big hole! (Unless you happen to be driving a tractor of course). Luckily I had decided not to drive up the track before knowing this.
It takes about 10 minutes to each the site from the road.

There is a large information board explaining the site and both the Anglian chief’s hall and (more importantly perhaps) the 6,000 year old Neolithic hall are marked out on the grass. The Neolithic hall is surprisingly large. The information board states that the hall was deliberately set on fire and destroyed. There is also a small rectangular cemetery marked out in the grass but the information board doesn’t specify from which period it dates.

There are all round good views, spoiled only by the large (cement?) works.

I really liked it here and thoroughly enjoyed my visit – no doubt helped by the fine weather. It you happen to be in the area I would certainly recommend a visit.

Very surprised no one has posted about this site before?
Posted by CARL
6th August 2014ce

Spartleton Cairn (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

20/03/2011 - Good parking at east side of bridge over Whiteadder Resr (NT 64576421). We followed track north then east to Gamelshiel Castle. Bit of a pull up from here to get to the cairn on summit of Spartleton Hill. View's changed a bit since Martin's fieldnotes, big wind farm to north now. thelonious Posted by thelonious
7th March 2012ce

Spartleton Cairn (Cairn(s)) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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7th March 2012ce

Berwick Law (Hillfort) — Images

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7th March 2012ce

Berwick Law (Hillfort) — Fieldnotes

20/02/2010 - Big car park at NT 55308427 on the west side of North Berwick Law. Path up the hill is short but steep. Fantastic 360 view, Bass rock etc. Very cold February day when we were there. Well worth a visit. thelonious Posted by thelonious
7th March 2012ce

Sheriffside (Hillfort) — News

Gearing Up For Second Dig At Sheriffside

More details of a second archaeological dig in April.

More info :
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
19th January 2012ce

Sheriffside 2012

A cropmark enclosure at Sherriffside, Gifford in East Lothian (NMRS NT56NE43) was first identified in 1981 as a double ditched enclosure representing a ploughed out and flattened hillfort whose ditches survive below the ground and affect the growth of crops.

More info on booking a place on the 2012 excavations:
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
30th December 2011ce
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