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Borrowston Rig,linear earthwork and hut circles

A Scheduled Monument in Leaderdale and Melrose, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.7633 / 55°45'47"N

Longitude: -2.7115 / 2°42'41"W

OS Eastings: 355448

OS Northings: 652448

OS Grid: NT554524

Mapcode National: GBR 91HS.RV

Mapcode Global: WH7VY.BD1M

Entry Name: Borrowston Rig,linear earthwork and hut circles

Scheduled Date: 23 March 1989

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4655

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: hut circle, roundhouse

Location: Lauder

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Leaderdale and Melrose

Traditional County: Berwickshire


The monument comprises a linear earthwork discovered in the 1960's and two hitherto unknown hut circles at its SE end. The linear earthwork is up to 3m wide and 0.6m high with, on the N side, a line of contiguous pits. It runs for c. 250m from NW to SE, where it is cut by a modern quarry. A doubtful extension to the bank appears on the other side of this relatively recent disturbance. This is not proposed for scheduling.

The two circles lie immediately to the E of the SE end of the bank, at the quarry. They both measure c. 10m in diameter over ill defined low banks. Possible entrances lie on the SE. The monument appears to be a pair of structures of the Iron Age with a probably related land boundary. An area measuring 260m (NW-SE) by 45m transversely is proposed for scheduling (excluding the line of track which crosses the bank) is proposed for scheduling.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because the earthwork seems to be a complete example of what usually survives as a cropmark pit alignment, in lowland areas (ie quarry pits with accompanying bank). It is also of importance because the pair of houses is an example of the relatively little-recorded unenclosed late Bronze Age/Iron Age settlement type in the area, unencumbered by later enclosed settlement. The monument is of national importance to the theme of late Bronze Age/Iron Age settlement and economy.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 55 SE 11.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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