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Auchope,scooped homestead 400m south west of

A Scheduled Monument in Kelso and District, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.4846 / 55°29'4"N

Longitude: -2.235 / 2°14'5"W

OS Eastings: 385249

OS Northings: 621219

OS Grid: NT852212

Mapcode National: GBR D5T0.YR

Mapcode Global: WH9ZS.MDYT

Entry Name: Auchope,scooped homestead 400m SW of

Scheduled Date: 15 October 1990

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4746

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: scooped homestead

Location: Morebattle

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Kelso and District

Traditional County: Roxburghshire


The monument is a scooped homestead of the Iron Age, situated on the N slope of Fasset Hill. It consists of three elements, the largest being a slightly hollow oval enclosure measuring c 30m NE-SW by 15.5m within a bank now standing to a maximum of 0.6m high. The remains of at least one timber house will survive beneath the topsoil. Adjoining the enclosure on the NW are two scooped hollows; the westernmost contains what may be the remains of a rectangular pre-improvement building. The area proposed for scheduling to include the homestead and an area around in which traces of the use of the settlement will survive, measures 85m in diameter, centred on the homestead, as marked in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a well preserved homestead which has the potential to enhance considerable our understanding of prehistoric settlement. It is of particular importance because it lies in a complex landscape, in which remains of prehistoric and medieval settlement survive in good condition; this monument is an importance part of that preserved landscape fragment. Taken with the other monuments in the area it has the potential to increase our knowledge of the development and use of the prehistoric and historic landscape.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 82 SE 17.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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