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Old Halterburnhead,homestead 600m north east of

A Scheduled Monument in Kelso and District, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.5254 / 55°31'31"N

Longitude: -2.2315 / 2°13'53"W

OS Eastings: 385480

OS Northings: 625767

OS Grid: NT854257

Mapcode National: GBR D4VK.P3

Mapcode Global: WH9ZL.PCKZ

Entry Name: Old Halterburnhead,homestead 600m NE of

Scheduled Date: 22 May 1989

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4669

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: homestead

Location: Yetholm

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Kelso and District

Traditional County: Roxburghshire


The monument is a homestead of the Iron Age, situated on the flat crest of "The Swalls". It measures 21m N-S by 15m transversely over a wall 1m wide, faced with drystone masonry, now reduced to its foundations. There is an entrance in the W side. Within the enclosed area are the remains of two circular houses.

Attached to the outer face of the enclosure wall, immediately to the S of the entrance, there is a semi-oval annexe, measuring 6m by 8m, within a low turf-covered bank. The area to be scheduled is circular and measures 70m in diameter, centred on the homestead.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as Iron Age homestead which has the potential, taken with monuments of similar date and of both similar and different types in the area, to enhance considerably our understanding of prehistoric settlement, and the organisation and use of the prehistoric landscape.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records this site as NT82NE 80.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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