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Bastleridge,barrow 1250m east of

A Scheduled Monument in East Berwickshire, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.8236 / 55°49'24"N

Longitude: -2.0883 / 2°5'18"W

OS Eastings: 394563

OS Northings: 658932

OS Grid: NT945589

Mapcode National: GBR F1V3.P7

Mapcode Global: WH9Y3.WWQF

Entry Name: Bastleridge,barrow 1250m E of

Scheduled Date: 28 July 1988

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4550

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: barrow

Location: Ayton

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: East Berwickshire

Traditional County: Berwickshire


The monument is the remains of a burial mound of the earlier Bronze Age, about 3500 years old, situated on a low knoll NE of Habchester fort. It is not at all easy to see, being only 0.2m high; it is 8.5m in diameter and is surrounded by a very slight ditch about 2m across. It will cover at least one burial. Further burials may have been inserted into the mound or dug in around it. An area measuring 30m square is proposed for scheduling to include the mound and ground around it in which traces of contemporary burial and ceremonial activities will survive.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is a moderately well preserved example of a type rare in Berwickshire because of its vulnerability to destruction by arable farming. Archaeological excavation would recover information of importance about the way people were buried at the time; from this, much can be told about the society of the time. The monument is of national importance to the themes of prehistoric burial and ceremonial practices.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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