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Blythe, settlement 1150m SSW of

A Scheduled Monument in Mid Berwickshire, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.728 / 55°43'40"N

Longitude: -2.6693 / 2°40'9"W

OS Eastings: 358064

OS Northings: 648495

OS Grid: NT580484

Mapcode National: GBR 92S6.XH

Mapcode Global: WH7W4.Z934

Entry Name: Blythe, settlement 1150m SSW of

Scheduled Date: 2 February 1988

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4467

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: settlement

Location: Lauder

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Mid Berwickshire

Traditional County: Berwickshire


The monument is a settlement of the Iron Age (some 2000 to 3000 years old) which is situated on the edge of a steep bank above the Blythe Water. The site is enclosed by a single rampart with an internal quarry-ditch and traces of a possible external ditch. The enclosure is D-shaped and measures c100m (NW-SE) by c50m transversely with the straight side of the D being the steep slope to the burn. To the SE, where the rampart meets the terrace edge there is a circular platform, probably the site of a house. The area to be proposed for scheduling includes the settlement and an area around it in which traces of activity associated with its use will survive. The area respects the shape of the monument, is bounded by a drystone wall to the NE, and measures 105m (NW-SE) by 55m transversely; the structure of the drystone wall, above ground, is specifically excluded.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because it is a well-preserved example of an Iron Age settlement which has the potential to enhance our understanding of monuments of this type. It is of particular importance because it is one of a number of sites of similar date in the area which, taken together, have the potential to increase greatly our understanding of the settlement, economy and development of the landscape in the Iron Age in this area.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The monument is recorded in the RCAHMS as NT 54 NE 5.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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