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Sourhope,cairn 1150m NNW of

A Scheduled Monument in Kelso and District, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.4859 / 55°29'9"N

Longitude: -2.2516 / 2°15'5"W

OS Eastings: 384198

OS Northings: 621373

OS Grid: NT841213

Mapcode National: GBR D5Q0.B8

Mapcode Global: WH9ZS.DC1S

Entry Name: Sourhope,cairn 1150m NNW of

Scheduled Date: 15 November 1990

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4826

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: cairn (type uncertain)

Location: Morebattle

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Kelso and District

Traditional County: Roxburghshire


The monument is a burial cairn of the Neolithic or early Bronze Age, some 3500 to 5000 years old, situated on the summit of Hairny Law. It measures c11m E-W by c6m and stands over 1m high. It has been damaged by quarrying for the construction of a sheep stell which lies over its S half. However, it will still cover a contemporary ground surface and the remains of at least one burial. An area measuring 40m in diameter is proposed for scheduling, as marked in red on the attached map. The fabric of the modern stell above ground level is excluded from the scheduling.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a prehistoric cairn which has the potential to enhance considerably our understanding of prehistoric burial practices. It is of particular importance because it lies in a complex landscape, in which remains of prehistoric and medieval settlement survive in good condition; this monument is an important part of that preserved landscape fragment, especially because of the portion of the contemporary land surface it covers. Taken with the other monuments in the area it has the potential to increase our knowledge of the development and use of the prehistoric and historic landscape.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 82 SW 9.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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