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South Platt Hill

A steep flat-topped summit, now squeezed between the Union Canal and a junction of the M8 motorway in W Edinburgh, South Platt Hill reaches a height of 117m (383 feet) a quarter-mile (0.4 km) northwest of Ratho. Edinburgh International Climbing Arena occupies a former quarry which has eaten into its western slopes. The New Statistical Account suggests that an 'ancient encampment' was present on the summit, surrounded by a rampart and ditch. The site was excavated around 1815, with the stones plundered to build nearby estate walls. It was probably a multi-period site (Bronze Age / Iron Age), with a similar site still evident on North Platt Hill on the opposite side of the M8 motorway.


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