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Hut Knowe,settlements & field systems

A Scheduled Monument in Kelso and District, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.435 / 55°26'6"N

Longitude: -2.3278 / 2°19'40"W

OS Eastings: 379354

OS Northings: 615733

OS Grid: NT793157

Mapcode National: GBR D55L.TH

Mapcode Global: WH8YT.6NS8

Entry Name: Hut Knowe,settlements & field systems

Scheduled Date: 13 March 1986

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4360

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: field or field system

Location: Hownam

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Kelso and District

Traditional County: Roxburghshire


The monument consists of 1: the southern settlement, probably of two phases in the Iron Age, surrounded by an extensive and remarkably complete and well preserved field system. 2: the northern settlement, a palisaded farm of the later Bronze Age superseded by an open one, also associated with an extensive field system.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monuments are nationally important for their field characteristics. In addition to the particularly fine survival of the southern settlement and field system, they demonstrate a visible sequence, covering four phases of activity in the last thousand years BC, probably from palisaded site to open site to two phases of earthwork enclosure. The survival of this long visible sequence is of unusual significance. The sequence and its components are of national importance to the themes of the agricultural economy of Iron Age Scotland, and to studies of the relationships of open and defended settlements in time and space. In conjunction with other enclosures and forts in the area, the monument is of particular importance to the themes of Late Bronze Age/Iron Age social organisation.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The monument is recorded in the RCAHMS as NT 71 NE 52.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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