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Settlement (Prehistoric)

Site Name Hawthorndene

Classification Settlement (Prehistoric)

Canmore ID 147336

Site Number NT53SE 159

NGR NT 5889 3090

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Scottish Borders, The
  • Parish St Boswells
  • Former Region Borders
  • Former District Ettrick And Lauderdale
  • Former County Roxburghshire

Archaeology Notes

NT53SE 159 5889 3090

The cropmark of a rectilinear settlement have been revealed by oblique aerial photography (RCAHMSAP 1995) immediately SW of Hawthorndene Garage. The settlement measures about 90m to 100m NW-SE by 40m to 50m transversely and there is a possible entrance on the NE side. The cropmarks on the SE side of the settlement are very indistinct.

Information from RCAHMS (KJ) 13 July 1999.


Archaeological Evaluation (September 2017)

NT 589 309 A 10% evaluation was undertaken, September

2017, in advance of a proposed development. A rectilinear

enclosure identified in aerial photographs was confirmed as

surviving and conforming to the general plan as shown on

the aerial photograph. A number of sections were excavated

through the ditch, and it was found to be 1.8–5.0m wide

and up to 1.7m deep. The only finds recovered from its

fills were animal bone. The entire enclosure measured 87

x 51m. Where recorded, the corners were rounded and the

enclosure’s entrance is postulated to lie on the SE side.

No features were recorded within the interior of the

enclosure, but a group of features were uncovered external

to the entrance on the SE side. These included two linear

features, two possible postholes and eight pits around the

possible entrance. The only other feature recorded was

an isolated pit to the W of the site. The characteristics of

the ditch and the shape of the enclosure suggest that the

enclosure is probably Iron Age in date.

Archive: NRHE (intended). Reports: Scottish Borders HER

Funder: Border Motor Group

Gary Savory – CFA Archaeology Ltd

(Source: DES, Volume 19)

Sbc Note

Visibility: This site is visible as a cropmark.

Information from Scottish Borders Council


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