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Camp Tops,linear earthwork

A Scheduled Monument in Kelso and District, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.454 / 55°27'14"N

Longitude: -2.2185 / 2°13'6"W

OS Eastings: 386278

OS Northings: 617813

OS Grid: NT862178

Mapcode National: GBR D5YC.HQ

Mapcode Global: WH9ZZ.W5RR

Entry Name: Camp Tops,linear earthwork

Scheduled Date: 22 November 1991

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5187

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: linear earthwork

Location: Morebattle

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Kelso and District

Traditional County: Roxburghshire


The monument is a linear earthwork comprising a bank and ditch crossing the lowest point of the col between White Knowe and Camp Tops (on which there is a fort). It starts c20m E of the old road which runs below the summit of the col on its W side, and from there bends to the SE and continues for 45m to a gap 8m wide, beyond which it runs E for 38m to end well down the E slope above the Kingsseat Burn. Two old tracks converge on the gap. The area to be scheduled measures 100m E to W by 60m transversely, to include the earthwork, part of the old tracks and an area around them in which traces of activities associated with their use may survive, as marked in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a linear earthwork which seems to have had a role in controlling routeways. It may have an early origin, perhaps as an outwork of the fort on Camp Tops. It has the potential to increase our knowledge of the development of communications in the area, and to enhance our understanding of the development of the farmed landscape.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 81 NE 9.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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