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Redden,fort and enclosure 750m east of

A Scheduled Monument in Kelso and District, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.6319 / 55°37'54"N

Longitude: -2.3454 / 2°20'43"W

OS Eastings: 378349

OS Northings: 637647

OS Grid: NT783376

Mapcode National: GBR D329.0Y

Mapcode Global: WH8XT.YP9W

Entry Name: Redden,fort and enclosure 750m E of

Scheduled Date: 8 February 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5601

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: fort (includes hill and promontory fort)

Location: Sprouston

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Kelso and District

Traditional County: Roxburghshire


The monument comprises the remains of two enclosures (one roughly circular, one rectangular) of later prehistoric date. They appear as marks in an arable field in cereal crops; experience shows that further remains will survive in the areas (not susceptible to cropmarks) between the visible marks. One group of remains appear to be of a fort c. 80m by c. 50m within four ditches c. 6m apart; there are traces of several internal features some of which appear to overlie the inner ditches.

Immediately to the south there is a rectangular enclosure c. 40m across. The area to be scheduled measures a maximum of 270m NE-SW by 300m NNW-SSE to include the area in which cropmarks are visible and areas between and around where further features 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 a neighbouring pair of prehistoric structures of different form. Even though the area is under the plough, experience shows that extensive and important archaeological deposits will survive below plough level. The monument has the potential to enhance considerably our understanding of many aspects of prehistoric life, in particular the design and use of settlements over time. The monument is particularly important because of the existence in one area of two different types of settlement. It has the potential to greatly increase our knowledge of the development of the later prehistoric landscape in Scotland.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT73NE 24.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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