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Park Law,homestead 500m south east of

A Scheduled Monument in Kelso and District, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.4679 / 55°28'4"N

Longitude: -2.2387 / 2°14'19"W

OS Eastings: 385004

OS Northings: 619366

OS Grid: NT850193

Mapcode National: GBR D5T6.3Q

Mapcode Global: WH9ZS.LT4M

Entry Name: Park Law,homestead 500m SE of

Scheduled Date: 15 November 1990

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4825

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: homestead

Location: Morebattle

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Kelso and District

Traditional County: Roxburghshire


The monument is a homestead of the Iron Age, some 2000 to 2500 years old. It comprises the remains of two superimposed enclosures. The earlier measures c 44m NW-SE by 28m within a boulder-faced bank measuring a maximum of 2m across. The later enclosure measures c 35m NW-SE by 27m transversely within a bank a maximum of 7m across and 0.25m high and an external ditch 3m wide and up to 0.75m deep; this enclosure has been scooped into the hillside and contains the remains of at least one circular house stance.

The area to be scheduled measures 70m square, to include the two phase enclosure and an area around in which traces of activities associated with its use will survive, as marked in red on the attached map. The SW side of the area rests on the modern field boundary which itself is specifically excluded from the scheduling.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a well preserved Iron Age homestead which has the potential to enhance our understanding of prehistoric settlement. It is of particular importance, first because it has two phases of construction and occupation, and second, because of the survival in the area of the other types of prehistoric settlement site; together they have the potential to increase our knowledge of the organisation and development of the prehistoric landscape.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 81 NE 1.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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