In 1929, groundskeepers at Kilspindie golf course were digging a new bunker when they discovered a grave that turned out to be a ‘short cist’ burial from the early bronze age. There were two graves: one was empty but for sand and a few pieces of pottery, they were later put together to make a small food vessel; while the second grave, covered over with a large stone slab, contained the skeleton of a woman aged about 40.
In 2007, as part of a project on the Beaker People in Britain, these remains were dated to between 1900 and 2200 BC.
Numerous crop-marks in fields around Aberlady, that can be seen in aerial photographs, may indicate settlement from this early period. These include a possible palisaded enclosure in the field in front of Craigielaw golf club and farmsteads at Luffness Mains.