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Stanhope, unenclosed platform settlement south east of Shaw Burn

A Scheduled Monument in Tweeddale West, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.5401 / 55°32'24"N

Longitude: -3.362 / 3°21'43"W

OS Eastings: 314147

OS Northings: 628214

OS Grid: NT141282

Mapcode National: GBR 44YC.YV

Mapcode Global: WH6VN.B09R

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

Scheduled Date: 2 November 1999

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM8159

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 to the E of an old larch plantation at the foot of Shaw Hill, at around 300m OD. It consists of a line of five platforms running along the contour from NW-SE. All five of the platforms are partly filled with scree. The platform at the NW extremity of the group measures about 9m in diameter. Its front is rounded in profile. At the opposite end of the group is a platform measuring about 16m in diameter, with an apron at the front measuring about 2.5m in height.

About 20m to the NW is a third platform measuring about 13m in diameter. Two further possible platforms lie midway between the well-defined platform at the NW of the group and the two large platforms at the SE of the group. Both are partially obscured by scree and measure about 9m in diameter. 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 sub-rectangular with maximum dimensions of 210m NW-SE by 55m transversely, specifically leaving a band of unscheduled land 5m wide between the scheduled area and the track to the SW, 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 52.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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