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Elm Knowe,settlement

A Scheduled Monument in Kelso and District, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.449 / 55°26'56"N

Longitude: -2.2247 / 2°13'28"W

OS Eastings: 385887

OS Northings: 617263

OS Grid: NT858172

Mapcode National: GBR D5XF.5H

Mapcode Global: WH9ZZ.S9TK

Entry Name: Elm Knowe,settlement

Scheduled Date: 22 August 1991

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5222

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: settlement

Location: Morebattle

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Kelso and District

Traditional County: Roxburghshire


The monument is an enclosed settlement of the prehistoric period, measuring 65m NW-SE by 47m transversely, within a low bank 0.2m to 1m high. It is situated on the summit of Elm Knowe. There is an entrance on the E side. Within the enclosure are the remains of at least 3 circular houses, surviving as depressions. The area to be scheduled measures 100m in diameter, to include the settlement and an area around it in which traces of activity associated with its 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 well preserved monument which has the potential to enhance considerably our understanding of prehistoric settlement. Taken with the other, varied, types of prehistoric settlement surviving in the area it has the potential to increase greatly our knowledge of the development and use of the farmed prehistoric landscape.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 81 NE 22.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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