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Biel Water

Palisaded Enclosure (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Biel Water

Classification Palisaded Enclosure (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 330175

Site Number NT67NE 565

NGR NT 6489 7742

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

C14 Radiocarbon Dating


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Administrative Areas

  • Council East Lothian
  • Parish Dunbar
  • Former Region Lothian
  • Former District East Lothian
  • Former County East Lothian


Excavation (May 2003)

Rescue excavation, undertaken in May 2003 in advance of construction of the new dual carriageway A1, revealed a palisaded enclosure, 22 x 15m, with a 1.8m wide entrance to the E. Inside the enclosure was a large sub-circular pit that contained deposits generally associated with occupation and domestic activity. These deposits were sealed by collapsed stone material. Traces of a second structure, possibly a roundhouse, were identified in the enclosure interior, but could not be investigated in the time available for the work.

Report lodged with East Lothian SMR and the NMRS.

Sponsor: Scottish Executive Development Department: Trunk Roads Design and Construction Division, with HS


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