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Stanhope, unenclosed platform settlement south east of Meldonhope Burn

A Scheduled Monument in Tweeddale West, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.5447 / 55°32'40"N

Longitude: -3.3755 / 3°22'31"W

OS Eastings: 313303

OS Northings: 628747

OS Grid: NT133287

Mapcode National: GBR 44WB.06

Mapcode Global: WH6VG.3WWQ

Entry Name: Stanhope, unenclosed platform settlement SE of Meldonhope Burn

Scheduled Date: 2 November 1999

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM8158

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: platform settlement

Location: Drumelzier

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Tweeddale West

Traditional County: Peeblesshire


The monument comprises an unenclosed platform settlement of later prehistoric date.

The monument lies in rough grassland at the W end of Eskenkneis, a narrow spur of Taberon Law, at around 280m OD. It consists of a pair of house platforms. The first is sub-circular, measuring about 10m across. It is dug into the slope to a depth of about 2.5m, and the scarp at the front of the platform is about 1.7m high.

Some 20m to the S is an elongated platform measuring about 12m long. Much of the rear of the platform is covered in scree, and the front scarp is about 1.5m high. Platforms of this type are level stances upon which timber roundhouses were built. They date to the Bronze Age and later prehistoric period.

The area to be scheduled is oval in shape, with maximum dimensions of 60m N-S by 35m, as marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to contribute to our understanding of Bronze Age settlement and economy. Its importance is increased by its proximity to other monuments of potentially contemporary date.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 12 NW 51.


Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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