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Ashkirkshiel earthwork 1600m south east of Ashkirktown

A Scheduled Monument in Selkirkshire, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.4737 / 55°28'25"N

Longitude: -2.8239 / 2°49'25"W

OS Eastings: 348018

OS Northings: 620289

OS Grid: NT480202

Mapcode National: GBR 85Q4.FN

Mapcode Global: WH7X7.LPJ6

Entry Name: Ashkirkshiel earthwork 1600m SE of Ashkirktown

Scheduled Date: 13 March 1962

Last Amended: 9 January 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM2224

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Ashkirk

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Selkirkshire

Traditional County: Roxburghshire


The monument is a hillfort of the Iron Age some 2000 to 2500 years old, situated on a ridge.

The fort is defended on the easy NE approach by 3 ramparts, each fronted by a slight ditch. The two innermost ramparts lie close together; the outermost lies some 15m to 20m beyond. The inner rampart, which continues around the E, W and S sides, encloses an area measuring 60m square. To the SW of this enclosure, on the end of the ridge, is an annex enclosed by a low rampart on its E, W and S sides. Within the main enclosure are the remains of several circular house stances. The overall dimensions of the fort are c 170m NE-SW by 70m transversely.

The area to be scheduled includes the whole of the fort and an area around in which traces of activities associated with its construction and use will survive, and measures 210m NE-SW by 110m transversely.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a well preserved hillfort with more than one phase of construction and use which contains well preserved remains of domestic structures, and 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 SE 13.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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