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Easter Cowden

Field Boundary (Period Unassigned), Rig And Furrow (Medieval) - (Post Medieval), Settlement (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Easter Cowden

Classification Field Boundary (Period Unassigned), Rig And Furrow (Medieval) - (Post Medieval), Settlement (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Easter Cowden 3

Canmore ID 53335

Site Number NT36NE 15

NGR NT 36571 67575

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Midlothian
  • Parish Dalkeith
  • Former Region Lothian
  • Former District Midlothian
  • Former County Midlothian

Archaeology Notes

NT36NE 15 36571 67575

Cropmarks reveal a circular enclosure 200m E of Easter Cowden; it measures 55m in diameter within a ditch about 3m in breadth. On the ENE there is an entrance causeway measuring about 8m wide between expanded ditch terminals.


Situated on a slight rise in a cultivated field. Nothing is visible on the ground.

Site surveyed at 1:2500 from CUCAP air photographs GT 12, DJ 72-3.

Visited by OS (RD) 1 March 1971.

Internal house (possible).

(Undated) information in NMRS.

The cropmark of this enclosure is visible on a vertical air photograph (OS 89/189/29, flown 1989).

Information from RCAHMS

A ploughed-down field boundary and rig have been recorded as cropmarks on oblique aerial photography (RCAHMSAP 2000) immediately N and E of the settlement. The field boundary lies about 50m N of the settlement and is depicted on the 1st edition of the OS 6-inch map (Edinburghshire 1854, sheet 7).

Information from RCAHMS (KMM) 15 June 2004

This settlement is situated on a terrace to the E of Easter Cowden farmsteading and has been recorded as cropmarks on oblique aerial photography (RCAHMSAP 1976, 1977, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2000). It is oval in plan, measuring about 60m from NE-SW by about 50m transversely, within a broad ditch broken on the NE by an entrance.

Information from RCAHMS (DCC) 18 June 2004


Aerial Photographic Transcription (13 December 1990 - 18 December 1990)

An aerial transcription was produced from oblique aerial photographs. Information from Historic Environment Scotland (BM) 31 March 2017.


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