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Cliftoncote,cultivation terraces

A Scheduled Monument in Kelso and District, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.5031 / 55°30'11"N

Longitude: -2.3083 / 2°18'29"W

OS Eastings: 380625

OS Northings: 623299

OS Grid: NT806232

Mapcode National: GBR D4BT.23

Mapcode Global: WH8YF.JY14

Entry Name: Cliftoncote,cultivation terraces

Scheduled Date: 13 March 1991

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5009

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: cultivation terraces

Location: Morebattle

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Kelso and District

Traditional County: Roxburghshire


The monument comprises the remains of a group of cultivation terraces. There are about 12 terraces. The best preserved four have scarps about 1m high, the others scarps generally 0.3m to 0.5m high. The working areas are about 6m across. These terraces contrast with the lynchet type of terrace found most usually in the valley. The area to be scheduled measures 430m NE to SW by 305m transversely, to include a substantial sample of terracing, including the best preserved examples, as marked in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a set of well preserved terraces which have the potential, taken with other types of cultivation remains in the area, to enhance considerably our understanding of the development and use of the farmed landscape.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT82SW 26.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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