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Butter Sike,enclosure 900m ENE of Attonburn

A Scheduled Monument in Kelso and District, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.4988 / 55°29'55"N

Longitude: -2.2786 / 2°16'42"W

OS Eastings: 382497

OS Northings: 622815

OS Grid: NT824228

Mapcode National: GBR D4JV.HN

Mapcode Global: WH8YM.Z13W

Entry Name: Butter Sike,enclosure 900m ENE of Attonburn

Scheduled Date: 22 November 1991

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5188

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: scooped settlement

Location: Morebattle

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Kelso and District

Traditional County: Roxburghshire


The monument is a scooped settlement situated on the S flank of Shoulder Hill. It measures 56m NW to SE by 33.5m transversely within a boulder faced rubble wall. The interior contains three level floors arranged in tiers excavated out of the hillside, probably the sites

of houses. The area to be scheduled measures 120m in diameter to include the settlement and an area around it in which traces of activities associated with its use may survive, as marked in red on the attached map. All modern fences are specifically excluded from this

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a scooped settlement with good field characteristics which has the potential to enhance considerably our understanding of prehistoric settlement. It is of particular importance because of the survival in the vicinity of other types of prehistoric settlement; taken together these have the potential to increase significantly our knowledge of the development and use of the farmed landscape.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 82 SW 2.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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