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Stanhope, unenclosed platform settlement 850m south west of

A Scheduled Monument in Tweeddale West, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.5491 / 55°32'56"N

Longitude: -3.403 / 3°24'10"W

OS Eastings: 311579

OS Northings: 629270

OS Grid: NT115292

Mapcode National: GBR 44P8.1M

Mapcode Global: WH6VF.PSQC

Entry Name: Stanhope, unenclosed platform settlement 850m SW of

Scheduled Date: 2 November 1999

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM8204

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 prehistoric date.

The monument lies in rough grassland along the NW flank of Laigh Hill, at around 240m OD. It comprises a pair of house platforms. The first is dug into the hillslope to a depth of about 0.8m on the SE side and measures about 10m in diameter. It is defined by a ditch measuring about 2m wide with an entrance on the WNW. There are traces of a wall, reduced to a stony bank, along the outer lip of the ditch, with a number of facing-stones visible.

Immediately to the NE is a second house platform, measuring about 9m in diameter. It is dug into the hillslope to a depth of about 0.8m on the SE side. 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 proposed for scheduling comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related material may be expected to be found. It is oval with maximum dimensions of 50m NNE-SSW by 25m WNW-ESE, as marked in red on the accompanying map extract. The above-ground elements of the fence at the S end of the area are specifically excluded from the present scheduling.

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 and later prehistoric 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 37.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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