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Mow Law,enclosures and field system north east of Mowhaugh

A Scheduled Monument in Kelso and District, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.482 / 55°28'55"N

Longitude: -2.2891 / 2°17'20"W

OS Eastings: 381825

OS Northings: 620951

OS Grid: NT818209

Mapcode National: GBR D5G1.6N

Mapcode Global: WH8YM.TG4R

Entry Name: Mow Law,enclosures and field system NE of Mowhaugh

Scheduled Date: 13 March 1991

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4995

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: enclosure (domestic or defensive)

Location: Morebattle

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Kelso and District

Traditional County: Roxburghshire


The monument comprises the remains of two prehistoric settlement enclosures and of cultivation remains adjacent to them, and possibly associated. One enclosure occupies the summit of Mow Law; it measures 53m NW to SE by 44m within a single wall and contains the remains of at least 5 circular houses. The second enclosure lies on the W flank of the Law and measures 47m N to S and 30m within a single wall, and contains the remains of at least 3 circular houses. On the N and E slopes of the Law are the remains of cultivation, appearing as small lynchets edging narrow fields on the steep slope. The area to be scheduled measures 510m NE to SW by 380m transversely, to include the enclosures and the field system, 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 separate elements of the monument are individually and jointly of national importance. The enclosures, as well preserved settlements, have the potential to enhance considerably our understanding of the design and use of such sites. The lyncheted field system is of importance because it has the potential to increase our understanding of the methods of prehistoric cultivation. Together, and taken with other prehistoric settlement and cultivation remains in the area, they offer an important opportunity to learn more of the development of the farmed landscape.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT82SW 13 and 14.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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