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Fundhope Rig,homestead,linear earthwork and field system

A Scheduled Monument in Kelso and District, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.4522 / 55°27'7"N

Longitude: -2.2111 / 2°12'39"W

OS Eastings: 386748

OS Northings: 617608

OS Grid: NT867176

Mapcode National: GBR F50D.3C

Mapcode Global: WHB00.07D4

Entry Name: Fundhope Rig,homestead,linear earthwork and field system

Scheduled Date: 2 October 1991

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5083

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: homestead

Location: Morebattle

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Kelso and District

Traditional County: Roxburghshire


The monument comprises the remains of a prehistoric homestead on the N end of Fundhope Rig, a linear earthwork probably associated with it to the SW, and areas of cultivation remains of the kind known as "cord rig" to the N; further to the N are slight cultivation terraces. The homestead is defined by a single earthen bank, built from material quarried from an external ditch.

It measures 43m N-S by 37m E-W. There are the remains of three circular houses in the interior, measuring between c5m and 8m in diameter. The remains of a further possible house lie to the NW. The linear earthwork originates in the S face of a knoll at the S end of Fundhope Rig. It runs to the SW for over 100m, being cut by an old road.

To the N of the homestead is an extensive area of cultivation remains probably associated with the occupation of the homestead. The area proposed for scheduling measures a maximum of 310m NE to SW, by a maximum of 180m NNW to SSE, as marked in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a well preserved prehistoric homestead which has the potential to enhance considerably our understanding of the organisation and use of small farms in this period. The monument is of particular importance because of the survival of part of the agricultural system which supported the community. The presence of the cultivation remains, and of other extensive remains of prehistoric agriculture in the valley, offers the possibility of increasing our knowledge of the development and use of the landscape in the prehistoric and historic periods.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 81 NE 23, 24 and 49.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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