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Hartside, scooped homesteads 330m SSE of

A Scheduled Monument in Leaderdale and Melrose, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.7703 / 55°46'13"N

Longitude: -2.8455 / 2°50'43"W

OS Eastings: 347053

OS Northings: 653318

OS Grid: NT470533

Mapcode National: GBR 81KQ.RB

Mapcode Global: WH7VW.8788

Entry Name: Hartside, scooped homesteads 330m SSE of

Scheduled Date: 28 July 1988

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4554

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: scooped homestead

Location: Channelkirk

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Leaderdale and Melrose

Traditional County: Berwickshire


The monument consists of two scooped homesteads of the Iron Age (some 2000 to 3000 years old) situated on a gently sloping plateau overlooking the Mountmill Burn. The S homestead is the larger, measuring c. 34m (NNW-SSE) x c. 30m transversely, and is a roughly oval scoop cut into the hillslope. The N, E, and SE sides of the site are enclosed by a bank c. 1m high and the entrance is from the NE. The second homestead, c. 3m to the NE, is sub-rectangular and measures c. 21m (NW-SE) x c. 20m.

It is only slightly scooped into the slope to the NW with a bank, surviving to c. 0.5m high, to the NE, SE, and SW. The entrance is to the SE. The area to be proposed for scheduling includes both homesteads and an area around them in which traces of activity associated with their use will survive. The area is a rectangle measuring 80m (NE-SW) x 55m transversely.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because the sites are well-preserved examples of Iron Age scooped homesteads which have the potential to enhance our understanding of monuments of this type. They are of particular interest because of their proximity to each other. Their importance is further increased by the presence in the area of a number of other sites of similar date but of very varied type which, taken together, have the potential to greatly increase our understanding of the settlement, economy and development of the landscape in the Iron Age in this area.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 45 SE 14.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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