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New Greenhill,fort

A Scheduled Monument in Selkirkshire, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.5251 / 55°31'30"N

Longitude: -2.823 / 2°49'22"W

OS Eastings: 348137

OS Northings: 626017

OS Grid: NT481260

Mapcode National: GBR 84QK.M6

Mapcode Global: WH7X1.LDX6

Entry Name: New Greenhill,fort

Scheduled Date: 6 February 1963

Last Amended: 17 February 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM2272

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: fort (includes hill and promontory fort)

Location: Selkirk

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Selkirkshire

Traditional County: Selkirkshire


The monument is a fort of the Iron Age, some 2000 to 2500 years old, situated on a ridge. It was defended on the easy NE and SW approaches by multiple ramparts, visible now only at the NE, where the remains of three ramparts each fronted by a ditch survive. The ramparts would have continued along the more precipitous NW and SE sides to form an enclosure measuring c 150m by 50m overall. Within the enclosed area are the remains of at least six circular house stances, set in two lines along the spine of the ridge. The area to be scheduled measures 180m NE-SW by 100m transversely, to include the visible remains of the fort, the probable rampart lies along the NW and SE sides and a small area around in which traces of activities associated with the construction and use of the fort will survive, all as marked in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a well preserved hillfort containing surviving details of domestic and defensive structures, which has the potential to enhance considerably our understanding of prehistoric settlement, defence and economy.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The monument is recorded in the RCAHMS as NT 42 NE 26.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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