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Steer Rig,palisaded settlement 820m ENE of Old Halterburnhead

A Scheduled Monument in Kelso and District, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.5217 / 55°31'18"N

Longitude: -2.2254 / 2°13'31"W

OS Eastings: 385869

OS Northings: 625354

OS Grid: NT858253

Mapcode National: GBR D4XL.0F

Mapcode Global: WH9ZL.SGHT

Entry Name: Steer Rig,palisaded settlement 820m ENE of Old Halterburnhead

Scheduled Date: 28 July 1988

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4558

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: palisaded enclosure

Location: Yetholm

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Kelso and District

Traditional County: Roxburghshire


The monument is a palisaded settlement of the later Bronze Age/Iron Age measuring c. 69m (N-S) by c. 45m transversely, occupying the top of a slight knoll on the crest of Steer Rig. The palisade trench appears as a shallow slot some 30cm wide. In the interior are the remains of five timber round-houses between 9m and 11m in diameter, marked by narrow slots c. 30cm wide and 10cm deep. The national border crosses the monument from N-S; surface preservation of remains is better in the W (Scottish) half, but archaeological information of importance will survive beneath the ground surface over the whole monument. A post and wire fence crosses the monument, following the line of the border. An area measuring 90m (N-S) by a maximum 40m transversely is proposed for scheduling on the western (Scottish) side of the border to include the W half of the palisaded enclosure and an area around it in which traces of contemporary activity will survive. Parallel arrangements by HBMC are planned for the E portion.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance to the theme of later prehistoric settlement; taken with the variety of settlements of Iron Age date in and around the valley to the W. It is of national importance to the theme of the organisation of the later prehistoric landscape. The excavation of the extant house platforms would provide information of national importance to the theme of later prehistoric domestic structures.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The monument is RCAHMS number NT 82 NE 83.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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