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Soonhope,homestead 500m NNE of

A Scheduled Monument in Leaderdale and Melrose, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.7826 / 55°46'57"N

Longitude: -2.752 / 2°45'7"W

OS Eastings: 352933

OS Northings: 654619

OS Grid: NT529546

Mapcode National: GBR 917K.0Y

Mapcode Global: WH7VQ.PXQC

Entry Name: Soonhope,homestead 500m NNE of

Scheduled Date: 24 March 1988

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4476

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: scooped homestead

Location: Lauder

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Leaderdale and Melrose

Traditional County: Berwickshire


This monument is a scooped homestead of the Iron Age (some 2000 to 3000 years old) situated at the bottom of the SE flank of Hog Hill, beside the Soonhope Burn, in rough pasture. The homestead is roughly circular and consists of a deeply cut scoop enclosed by a broad bank surviving to c. 0.5m high externally and c. 4m wide. The entrance is to the SE and has an external approach showing as a slight terrace. The interior of the homestead is on three levels (terraces). Overall, the site measures c. 32m (NE-SW) x c. 31m transversely. The area to be proposed for scheduling includes the homestead and an area around it in which traces of activities associated with its use will survive and is a circle measuring 50m in diameter.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because it is a well-preserved example of an Iron Age scooped homestead which has the potential to enhance our understanding of monuments of this type. Its importance is increased by the proximity of a number of sites of similar date but different types which, taken together, have the potential to greatly increase our understanding of the settlement, economy and development of the landscape in the Iron Age in this area.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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