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Huntfold Hill, fort and field system

A Scheduled Monument in Kelso and District, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.4279 / 55°25'40"N

Longitude: -2.3215 / 2°19'17"W

OS Eastings: 379753

OS Northings: 614936

OS Grid: NT797149

Mapcode National: GBR D57P.62

Mapcode Global: WH8YT.9TSR

Entry Name: Huntfold Hill, fort and field system

Scheduled Date: 8 December 1961

Last Amended: 11 January 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM2165

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: field or field system

Location: Hownam

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Kelso and District

Traditional County: Roxburghshire


The monument comprises a complex Iron Age fort, scheduled in 1961, and a newly discovered field system to the NE. The fort is multivallate and two or possibly three constructional phases can be discerned. To the N and NE recent survey has revealed the presence of the type of narrow rig cultivation remains known as cord rig. Recent excavation and survey in the Borders has demonstrated that cord rig is associated with settlements of prehistoric date.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The fort is of national importance because of its good field characteristics and clearly demonstrated stratigraphic depth. Together, the fort and field system are of national importance to the themes of Iron Age settlement, defence and agriculture. Good examples of cord rig, associated with Iron Age settlements are rare and, because of their importance to our understanding of Iron Age economy, are precious. The cultivation remains are possibly bounded on the ENE by an earthwork, this is important to our understanding of the field system.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS record the site as NT71SE 36.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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