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Kip Knowe,settlement

A Scheduled Monument in Kelso and District, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.5017 / 55°30'6"N

Longitude: -2.2544 / 2°15'15"W

OS Eastings: 384028

OS Northings: 623133

OS Grid: NT840231

Mapcode National: GBR D4PT.QM

Mapcode Global: WH9ZL.BZQ6

Entry Name: Kip Knowe,settlement

Scheduled Date: 4 December 1991

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5171

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 a prehistoric enclosed settlement situated on a small shelf on the summit of Kip Knowe. The enclosure is clearly of more than one phase; the largest area enclosed in any phase is 58m N to S by 44m transversely, including a subsidiary terrace on the S. There are the remains of a single circular house, surviving as a turf

covered drystone ring 9m across. The area to be scheduled measures 100m in diameter to include the settlement and an area around it in which traces of activities associated with its construction and 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 multi-phase settlement which has the potential to enhance considerably our understanding of the development of prehistoric non-defensive settlements. It is of particular importance because of the survival of other prehistoric settlements in the area. Taken together they have the potential to increase our knowledge of the development of the farmed landscape in prehistory.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 82 SW 7.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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