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Trebetha Hill, cairn 140m NNW of Mill Rings Settlement

A Scheduled Monument in Tweeddale West, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.5886 / 55°35'18"N

Longitude: -3.4525 / 3°27'8"W

OS Eastings: 308551

OS Northings: 633726

OS Grid: NT085337

Mapcode National: GBR 43BT.BH

Mapcode Global: WH5T2.YS4M

Entry Name: Trebetha Hill, cairn 140m NNW of Mill Rings Settlement

Scheduled Date: 29 October 2003

Last Amended: 9 November 2017

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM10532

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Broughton, Glenholm and Kilbucho

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Tweeddale West

Traditional County: Peeblesshire


The monument comprises the remains of a burial cairn visible as a grass-covered stony mound. Cairns such as this are ritual and funerary monuments dating from the earlier Bronze Age (c. 2000-1500BC).

The monument lies at around 315m OD on a natural rise within the saddle between Trebetha Hill and Brown Hill. The cairn is circular, measuring at least 14m in diameter and stands up to 0.9m in height. There is no obvious sign of quarrying, robbing or other interference to the monument. Traces of broad rig and furrow surround the cairn.

The area to be scheduled comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive. It is circular on plan and measures a maximum of 30m in diameter, as shown in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric burial practices. The apparent lack of disturbance to the cairn means that it may contain intact burial or ritual deposits. It may also preserve environmental evidence such as buried soil surfaces that could give an insight into contemporary landuse.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT03SE 68.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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