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Stanhope Cottage, burial cairn 240m NNE of

A Scheduled Monument in Tweeddale West, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.5575 / 55°33'27"N

Longitude: -3.3904 / 3°23'25"W

OS Eastings: 312393

OS Northings: 630194

OS Grid: NT123301

Mapcode National: GBR 44R5.SL

Mapcode Global: WH6VF.WKPW

Entry Name: Stanhope Cottage, burial cairn 240m NNE of

Scheduled Date: 2 November 1999

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM8162

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: cairn (type uncertain)

Location: Drumelzier

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Tweeddale West

Traditional County: Peeblesshire


The monument comprises a cairn of prehistoric date, visible as a stony mound.

The monument lies on the edge of a terrace, in rough grassland at around 210m OD. It comprises a cairn measuring about 12m in diameter and approximately 0.6m in height. The interior of the cairn has been robbed, creating a hollow and revealing the top of a large upright slab which probably represents part of a burial cist. Cairns of this type date to the Neolithic and Bronze Age, and were used as funerary structures.

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 circular, with a diameter of 35m, centred on the cairn, 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 prehistoric funerary and ritual practices. Its importance is increased by its proximity to other monuments of potentially contemporary date.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 13 SW 53.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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