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Berwick Law Hillfort
The Castles Hillfort
26 posts
The Chesters Hillfort
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Doonhill Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
4 posts
Easter Broomhouse Standing Stone Standing Stone / Menhir
4 posts
Gullane Links Linear Cairn Cemetery Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
6 posts
Hanging Rock Caves Cave / Rock Shelter
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Hare Law Hillfort
Hopes Fort Hillfort
Kidlaw Hillfort
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Kirklandhill Standing Stone Standing Stone / Menhir
4 posts
Lammer Law Cairn(s)
7 posts
Loths Stone Standing Stone / Menhir
5 posts
The Maiden Stone Natural Rock Feature
8 posts
Ormiston Hall Stone Circle (Destroyed)
16 posts
Pencraig Hill Standing Stone Standing Stone / Menhir
8 posts
Seaton Law Hillfort
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Sheriffside Hillfort
5 posts
Standingstone Farm Standing Stone / Menhir
33 posts
Traprain Law Hillfort
4 posts
Traprain Souterrain Souterrain
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Whitekirk Cairn(s)
13 posts
White Castle Fort Hillfort
14 posts
The Witches' Stone Standing Stone / Menhir
Sites of disputed antiquity:
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Cockles Stone Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
7 posts
The Rood Well Sacred Well


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Intact prehistoric remains found in East Lothian

A double grave site from the late Iron Age has been unearthed in Dunbar, East Lothian. One of the grave sites is thought to be that of a warrior as an iron spearhead, sword and possible pin were also found with the remains. The substantial and well-preserved grave was identified with the remains of two individuals... continues...
nickbrand Posted by nickbrand
21st November 2005ce
Edited 10th September 2007ce

Exceptional find' of Iron Age warrior

THE remains of an Iron Age warrior have been found in Dunbar – only the third grave of its kind in Scotland. Archaeologists were called to the old Empire Cinema site, off the High Street, which is currently being developed into flats... continues...
nickbrand Posted by nickbrand
21st November 2005ce
Edited 10th September 2007ce

Edinburgh and East Lothain Archaeology Conference 13th November 2004

From the East Lothain website;

Edinburgh & East Lothian Archaeology Conference

Edinburgh and East Lothian Archaeology Conference Saturday, November 13th 2004 0930-1700 Appleton Tower (Theatre 4), Edinburgh
Come and find out about the excavations on Traprain Law since the fire, prehistoric remains ... continues...
Posted by Martin
29th October 2004ce
Edited 10th September 2007ce

Discovery of ancient site stuns experts (in East Lothian)

from the Scotsman, 2nd August 2003 continues...
BigSweetie Posted by BigSweetie
3rd August 2003ce
Edited 10th September 2007ce

Earliest House In Scotland Found

Earliest House In Scotland Found At Lafarge's Dunbar Cement Works Quarry... continues...
Posted by phil
8th January 2003ce
Edited 10th September 2007ce


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Two sites in the Lothians which were *destroyed relatively recently*;

Muirhouses Standing Stone
Was at NT539787 (Sheet 66)
Described as a massive boulder- 4.5 ft high by a whopping 11'4" in girth. It stood on the summit of a low broad ridge. It was destoyed sometime between 1913 and 1975. It was said to have marked the northern limit of a battle which was fought here in the 9th Century.

Muirhouses South Standing Stone
Was at NT540780 (Sheet 66)
Described as being approx 4.5 ft high by 9' in girth. The stone slanted to the north at an angle of 33 degrees. The base was packed with small boulders. It stood on the crest of a low ridge and was said to have maked the southern limit of the aforementioned battle.
This stone was destroyed in *January 1989*!

These stones stood approx 700 metres from each other and were intervisible.
Posted by Martin
16th January 2002ce
Edited 10th September 2007ce

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Hare Law (Hillfort) — Images (click to view fullsize)

<b>Hare Law</b>Posted by thelonious thelonious Posted by thelonious
15th May 2016ce

Lammer Law (Cairn(s)) — Images

<b>Lammer Law</b>Posted by thelonious<b>Lammer Law</b>Posted by thelonious<b>Lammer Law</b>Posted by thelonious thelonious Posted by thelonious
15th May 2016ce

Hare Law (Hillfort) — Fieldnotes

13/05/2016 - Walking the fence line off Lammer Law back to West Hopes we passed this hillfort. Viewed it from afar as I was a bit sleepy to go over and the electric fence had got me twice already by then and I didn't what to give it its hat trick. Feel a bit bad about not making the effort as it does look a good little site. Canmore mentions it being vitrified. thelonious Posted by thelonious
15th May 2016ce

Lammer Law (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

13/05/2016 - Starting from the end of the public road just south of East Hopes (Good parking NT 55741 63272) we headed south past West Hopes (location was used in the opening scenes of the film 'Greyfriars Bobby' 1961). Good tracks all the way to the cairn on top of Lammer Law. A fine walk on the hills, looping round Hopes reservoir back to the car. Though not the highest point of the Lammermuir Hills, Lammer Law is perhaps better known than Meikle Says Law due to its name and its big cairn at the summit. The footprint of the cairn is a good size and views across the Firth of Forth and over to the Pentland Hills are very impressive. Bit cloudy today so the far stuff was a little tricky to make out. Well worth a visit this one and one I had looked forward to for a while so it was good to finally make the trip. The walk over to Whitestone Cairn, east of here, on Harestone Hill from West Hopes looks good as well - next time. thelonious Posted by thelonious
15th May 2016ce

The Chesters (Hillfort) — Fieldnotes

Visited 30.7.14

We followed the signs and parked in the small parking area next to the approach road to the farm. A sign states that the parking area closes at 6.30pm in summer and 4.30pm in winter.

The weather was bright although there were dark, threatening rain clouds on the horizon. The children were asleep in the car so I followed the path to the hillfort alone.
The path runs parallel to the farm access road before crossing a small field of cows and the start of the outer ramparts. (200m walk)

The information board states that the hillfort is unexcavated which I found surprising.

There are many stones sticking out of the grass on the ramparts which no doubt is what the banks were originally made up of. The site is large but not huge and it doesn’t take long to walk around the entire perimeter.

There are good coastal views and in the distance Arthur’s Seat can be seen. Nearby Traprain Law stood out like a beacon as it was lit up by the evening sunshine.

On my way back to the car a family arrived with two young children. It is always nice to see children being shown these ancient sites and they will (hopefully) gain a better understanding of their forebears and an appreciation of the importance of these special places.

This is a very easy hillfort to access and is well worth a visit if in the area.
Another Historic Scotland site knocked off the list!
Posted by CARL
19th August 2014ce

Kirklandhill Standing Stone (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Miscellaneous

'Drive by' 30.7.14

Didn't stop as the field in which the standing stone resides was in crop.

The stone is tall and easy to spot from the adjacent A198.

Post-harvest visit required for a proper look.
Posted by CARL
18th August 2014ce

The Witches' Stone (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Fieldnotes

Visited 31.7.14

From Dunbar, take the minor road south towards the hamlet of Spott. The stone is on the roadside when you come out of the other side (south) of Spott.

On the way to visit the Witches’ Stone keep an eye out for the Easter Broomhouse standing stone which you will pass.

The Witches’ Stone is quite small – about 1m high. There were several coins which had been left on top of the stone.

There is a worn information board next to the stone which states that the stone marks the spot where Marion Lillie (AKA the Ringwood Witch) was burnt at the stake in 1698. She was the last witch to be burnt in Southern Scotland.

This is an awkward place to get to but worth the effort if in the area.
Posted by CARL
6th August 2014ce

Easter Broomhouse Standing Stone (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Fieldnotes

A view from the road 31.7.14

From Dunbar, take the minor road south towards the hamlet of Spott. The stone is in a field on your left (east) as you head towards Spott.

As with the Pencriag Hill stone I also visited today, Easter Broomhouse was surrounded by a crop of wheat. Again easily seen from the road but a post-harvest visit required for a close up look.
Posted by CARL
6th August 2014ce
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