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Auchope,settlement 550m SSE of

A Scheduled Monument in Kelso and District, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.4828 / 55°28'58"N

Longitude: -2.2277 / 2°13'39"W

OS Eastings: 385708

OS Northings: 621024

OS Grid: NT857210

Mapcode National: GBR D5W1.HD

Mapcode Global: WH9ZS.RGD4

Entry Name: Auchope,settlement 550m SSE of

Scheduled Date: 29 October 1990

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4871

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 an enclosed settlement of the Iron Age, some 2000 to 2500 years old, situated almost on the crest of a ridge running N from Fasset Hill. It measures c 30m N-S by 28m within a low bank or wall. There is a drainage ditch around the N and NW parts of the site. Within the enclosure are the clearly marked remains of four circular houses, the largest of which is 6m by 5m internally, and the smallest 3.5m by 3.4m.

Adjoining the settlement on the W side there is a simple enclosure measuring 16m by 14.5m, within a wall c 1m thick. The area to be scheduled measures 85m in diameter, to include the settlement and an area around it in which traces of activities associated with its use will survive.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a well preserved settlement, which has the potential to enhance considerably 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 important 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 18.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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