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Burnhead,homestead 500m south east of

A Scheduled Monument in Kelso and District, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.522 / 55°31'19"N

Longitude: -2.2423 / 2°14'32"W

OS Eastings: 384802

OS Northings: 625392

OS Grid: NT848253

Mapcode National: GBR D4SL.CB

Mapcode Global: WH9ZL.JGGL

Entry Name: Burnhead,homestead 500m SE of

Scheduled Date: 22 May 1989

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4667

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, some 2000 to 2500 years old. It comprises a simple oval enclosure delineated by a boulder- faced earthen wall, measuring c 25m NE - SW by 17m transversely. Within the enclosure are the remains of two circular houses, apparently of two different types. The area to be scheduled is circular and measures 50m in diameter (centred on the homestead) to include the homestead, and an area around it in which traces of activity associated with its use will survive.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a well preserved homestead of the Iron Age, which has the potential to enhance considerably our understanding of prehistoric settlement. It is of particular interest because of its likely relationship to other monuments of broadly similar period but of different form in the area; together they have the potential to increase our knowledge of the organisation, development and use of the landscape in prehistory.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 82 NW 37.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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