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Westerside,settlement 430m ESE of

A Scheduled Monument in East Berwickshire, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.9111 / 55°54'39"N

Longitude: -2.1753 / 2°10'31"W

OS Eastings: 389137

OS Northings: 668675

OS Grid: NT891686

Mapcode National: GBR F072.VW

Mapcode Global: WH9XP.KPBC

Entry Name: Westerside,settlement 430m ESE of

Scheduled Date: 28 July 1988

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4551

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: settlement

Location: Coldingham

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: East Berwickshire

Traditional County: Berwickshire


The monument is a settlement of the Iron Age (some 2000 to 3000 years old) which occupies a low knoll. The site has been ploughed in recent years and is now under improved pasture. It survives as three large shallow scoops within the remains of an enclosing wall or bank less than 0.5m high. The monument is sub-rectangular in plan and measures c. 43m x c. 29m overall. The area to be proposed for scheduling includes the monument and an area around it in which traces of activity associated with its use will survive, is a rectangle measuring 55m (NNW-SSE) x 40m transversely.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because it is a good example of an Iron Age settlement of its type, which has the potential, despite the damage caused by ploughing, to enhance our understanding of settlement in this period. It is of particular importance because of its proximity to several sites of Iron Age and Dark Age date in this area. Taken together they afford an excellent opportunity to understand the settlement, economy and development of the landscape in the first millennium BC and first millennium AD in SE Scotland.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The monument is RCAHMS number NT 86 NE 9.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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