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Fasset Hill,palisaded settlement

A Scheduled Monument in Kelso and District, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.4797 / 55°28'46"N

Longitude: -2.2363 / 2°14'10"W

OS Eastings: 385161

OS Northings: 620678

OS Grid: NT851206

Mapcode National: GBR D5T2.MH

Mapcode Global: WH9ZS.MJ9K

Entry Name: Fasset Hill,palisaded settlement

Scheduled Date: 30 July 1991

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6003

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: palisaded settlement

Location: Morebattle

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Kelso and District

Traditional County: Roxburghshire


The monument comprises the remains of a roughly oval palisaded settlement of the later Bronze Age or Iron Age situated on the summit of Fasset Hill. It measures c 62m NE to SW by 51m. The line of the palisade is clearly visible as a trench c 0.6m across and 0.25m deep; it appears to have been dug in segments. The entrance lies at the NE end and is protected by a hornwork consisting of a single palisade trench. Within the enclosure are the remains of at least 9 circular houses, some of which lie over parts of others. The area to be scheduled measures 120m in diameter, to include the settlement and an area around it in which traces of activity associated with its use may survive, as marked in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a very well preserved palisaded settlement with excellent field characteristics which has the potential to enhance considerably our understanding of prehistoric settlement. It is of particular importance because of the clear evidence of multi-phase occupation. Its importance is enhanced by the survival in the area of other types of prehistoric settlement, some earlier and many later; together they offer an opportunity unrivalled in the border regions to increase considerably our knowledge of the development and use of the landscape in prehistory.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 82 SE 23.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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