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Mitchelhill, palisaded enclosure and cairn 200m north west of

A Scheduled Monument in Tweeddale West, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.5911 / 55°35'27"N

Longitude: -3.4848 / 3°29'5"W

OS Eastings: 306521

OS Northings: 634047

OS Grid: NT065340

Mapcode National: GBR 433S.CL

Mapcode Global: WH5T2.FQTP

Entry Name: Mitchelhill, palisaded enclosure and cairn 200m NW of

Scheduled Date: 27 June 1972

Last Amended: 4 March 2002

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM3163

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: palisaded enclosure; Prehistoric ritual and funerary: cairn (typ

Location: Broughton, Glenholm and Kilbucho

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Tweeddale West

Traditional County: Peeblesshire


The monument comprises the remains of a later prehistoric palisaded enclosure and a prehistoric burial cairn. The monument was originally scheduled in 1972, but the area covered by the designation did not relate accurately to the remains on the ground. The current rescheduling rectifies this.

The enclosure is situated on the small rocky knoll on the E flank of White Hill. It is roughly oval on plan and measures about 71m from NE to SW by 50m transversely, within a shallow palisade trench up to 0.7m in width. The N half of the enclosure has been obscured by rig cultivation. The cairn is situated in the SW part of the enclosure and is visible as a circular stony mound about 10m in diameter and 0.7m in height.

The area to be scheduled is oval on plan and measures a maximum of 85m from NE to SW by 65m transversely. It includes the remains described and an area around in which related material may be expected to survive, as shown in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of later prehistoric settlement, economy and social organisation. Its importance is further enhanced by its proximity to other settlement sites of similar date but different form.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS record the site as NT03SE 11 and 27.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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