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Homebank,ring-ditch 1500m east of

A Scheduled Monument in Mid Berwickshire, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.6502 / 55°39'0"N

Longitude: -2.2928 / 2°17'34"W

OS Eastings: 381670

OS Northings: 639663

OS Grid: NT816396

Mapcode National: GBR D3F3.DD

Mapcode Global: WH8XV.R7CV

Entry Name: Homebank,ring-ditch 1500m E of

Scheduled Date: 28 March 1991

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5016

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: enclosure (domestic or defensive); Prehistoric ritual and funera

Location: Coldstream

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Mid Berwickshire

Traditional County: Berwickshire


The monument comprises a single ring-ditch, the remains of a prehistoric burial or settlement feature. It appears in an arable field as a mark in cereal crop; experience shows that further remains will survive in areas (not susceptible to cropmarks) around the visible marks. The circular ring-ditch measures c15m in diameter within a narrow ditch; there are traces of an internal feature offset to one side. Indeterminate cropmarks can be seen surrounding the ring-ditch. The area to be scheduled measures a maximum of 110m NNW- SSE by 150m E-W to include the area in which cropmarks are visible and the areas around in which further marks are likely to survive, as marked in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as the remains of a domestic or ceremonial/funerary structure of the mid to late prehistoric period. Even though the area is under the plough experience shows that extensive and important archaeological features and deposits will survive below plough level. Whether a house or a ceremonial/funerary structure it is of a type not paralleled in the upland areas and is one of very few surviving in the area.

Its importance is increased because of the survival in the vicinity of other monuments of similar and different dates representing a variety of functions. The monument has the potential to contribute greatly to our knowledge and understanding of the prehistoric landscape of southern Scotland.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 83 NW 43.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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