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Attonburn,settlement 1300m south east of

A Scheduled Monument in Kelso and District, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.487 / 55°29'13"N

Longitude: -2.2784 / 2°16'42"W

OS Eastings: 382504

OS Northings: 621497

OS Grid: NT825214

Mapcode National: GBR D4JZ.JX

Mapcode Global: WH8YM.ZB6Z

Entry Name: Attonburn,settlement 1300m SE of

Scheduled Date: 13 March 1991

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4997

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 occupying a slight hollow on the end of the spur that projects NW from White Law. It is almost circular measuring 56m by 50m in external diameter, across a single low bank. There are the remains of seven or eight circular houses in the interior, ranging between 6m and 8.5m in diameter. 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 very well-preserved prehistoric settlement with excellent field characteristics, which has the potential to enhance considerably our understanding of the design and use of prehistoric settlement sites. It is of particular importance because of the survival of other prehistoric monuments in the area; taken together they have the potential to increase our knowledge of the development and use of the farmed landscape.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT82SW 3.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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