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Hog Hill,settlement 250m south west of

A Scheduled Monument in Leaderdale and Melrose, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.7861 / 55°47'9"N

Longitude: -2.7608 / 2°45'38"W

OS Eastings: 352386

OS Northings: 655011

OS Grid: NT523550

Mapcode National: GBR 915J.3P

Mapcode Global: WH7VQ.KTKQ

Entry Name: Hog Hill,settlement 250m SW of

Scheduled Date: 24 March 1988

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4481

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: scooped settlement

Location: Lauder

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Leaderdale and Melrose

Traditional County: Berwickshire


The monument is a scooped settlement of the Iron Age (some 2000 to 3000 years old) situated on the SW flank of Hog Hill in rough pasture. Measuring c. 38m (NW-SE) x c. 36m transversely overall, it consists of a number of scoops which have been enclosed by a drystone wall. The wall survives as a low bank of rubble to the S, E, and NE and for the rest of the circuit as a low turf-covered bank or scarp. There is an entrance to the SW which abuts a circular house platform. Two scoops in the interior appear to be the sites of circular houses. The settlement is irregular in plan suggesting more than one phase of occupation. The area to be proposed for scheduling includes the settlement and an area around it in which traces of activity associated with use will survive. The area is a circle measuring 60m in diameter.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

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

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The monument is recorded in the RCAHMS as NT 55 NW 11.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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