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Sourhope,settlements and field system 1600m ENE of

A Scheduled Monument in Kelso and District, Scottish Borders

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.479 / 55°28'44"N

Longitude: -2.2204 / 2°13'13"W

OS Eastings: 386169

OS Northings: 620593

OS Grid: NT861205

Mapcode National: GBR D5Y2.3R

Mapcode Global: WH9ZS.VKV3

Entry Name: Sourhope,settlements and field system 1600m ENE of

Scheduled Date: 15 November 1990

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4835

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: platform settlement

Location: Morebattle

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Kelso and District

Traditional County: Roxburghshire

Description

The monument comprises the remains of a prehistoric unenclosed platform settlement, some 3000 years old, and a farmstead and fragments of an associated field system probably of the Iron Age, some 2000 years old. The earlier settlement comprises the remains of four house platforms partly cut into the hillside, ranging in size from 10m by 8m to 4m by 6m. The later farmstead comprises the remains of a single house of three cells measuring 20m by 15m, with a small annex measuring 10m by 7m to the N.

The field system consists of low banks, partly enclosing the later site. The area to be scheduled is circular and measures 185m in diameter, to include the settlements and field banks and an area around them in which traces of activities associated with their use will survive, as marked in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance, first because it includes a well preserved unenclosed platform settlement and second as it contains an unusual type of enclosed homestead, both of which have the potential to enhance considerably our understanding of prehistoric settlement types. The monument is of particular importance because it lies close to other types of prehistoric settlement sites; together they have the potential to increase considerably our knowledge of the organisation and development of the prehistoric landscape.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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