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Westerside,settlement,homestead & enclosure 250m ESE of

A Scheduled Monument in East Berwickshire, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.9113 / 55°54'40"N

Longitude: -2.178 / 2°10'40"W

OS Eastings: 388973

OS Northings: 668705

OS Grid: NT889687

Mapcode National: GBR F072.8S

Mapcode Global: WH9XP.JP35

Entry Name: Westerside,settlement,homestead & enclosure 250m ESE of

Scheduled Date: 28 July 1988

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4552

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: enclosure (domestic or defensive)

Location: Coldingham

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: East Berwickshire

Traditional County: Berwickshire


The monument consists of a settlement, scooped homestead and enclosure of the Iron Age (some 2000 to 3000 years old) laid out in a line on unimproved land along a rocky ridge. The westernmost site is a settlement, oval in plan, enclosed by a turf-covered wall. Within the enclosed area is a circular house, abutting the wall in the SE quadrant. Immediately to the SE is a scooped homestead, sub-rectangular in plan.

A scooped house platform at the NW end is partly enclosed by a bank c. 0.5m high which forms the boundary of the yard area. Also within the yard is a circular kiln-like structure c. 2m in diameter internally. About 70m SE of the settlement is an oval enclosure measuring c. 19m x c. 17m. The interior is partly obscured by gorse bushes.

The area to be proposed for scheduling, which includes all three sites and an area around them in which traces of activity associated with their use will survive, is a rectangle 130m (NW-SE) x 40m transversely.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monuments are of national importance because they are well preserved examples of their type, which have the potential to enhance our understanding of settlement in the periods represented. They are of particular importance because of their proximity to each other and to several other sites of the Iron Age in the immediate area. Also in this area are sites of Later Iron Age and Dark Age date. Taken together, they afford an excellent opportunity to increase our understanding of the settlement, economy and development of the landscape of the Iron Age and Dark Age in this area.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The monuments are RCAHMS numbers NT 86 NE 17, 18 and 2.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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