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The Dod

Earthwork (Period Unassigned), Settlement (Prehistoric), Souterrain (Prehistoric)

Site Name The Dod

Classification Earthwork (Period Unassigned), Settlement (Prehistoric), Souterrain (Prehistoric)

Alternative Name(s) Dod Burn

Canmore ID 54060

Site Number NT40NE 9

NGR NT 4726 0600

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

C14 Radiocarbon Dating


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Scottish Borders, The
  • Parish Teviothead
  • Former Region Borders
  • Former District Roxburgh
  • Former County Roxburghshire

Archaeology Notes

NT40NE 9 4726 0600.

(NT 4726 0600) Earthwork (NR)

OS 6" map (1958)

The fragmentary remains of this sub-oval earthwork occupy a non-defensive position, overlooked by Burgh Hill on the NE and facing level ground on the other three sides, in rough pasture at a height of 700 ft OD.

The remains, which straddle an unnamed sike, are difficult to interpret in detail owing to mutilation by drainage-ditching, but the following main elements can be distinguished:

(i) a bank and ditch (A on plan) which, apart from a gap of 100 ft on the SW and a short break in the opposite side, enclose the whole work, an area measuring externally 450 ft from NW to SE by about 350 ft transversely.

(ii) An oval enclosure (B) occupies the NW half of the interior; it measures 190 ft by 160 ft within an independent bank and ditch, the latter now partly obliterated.

(iii) A sub-oval enclosure, measuring internally 115 ft by 55 ft, is attached to the main enclosure wall, SE of the sike.

All the banks are formed of upcast material from their ditches; there is no trace of stone revetting. Where best preserved, the main bank (A) is 30 ft thick and 4 ft 10 ins high externally; the bank of enclosure B is 27 ft thick and 4 ft 7 ins high, and that of C is 18 ft thick and 3 ft high. Enclosure B, entered from the E, contains two compartments bounded by low mounds of slight scarps; C has a well-defined entrance in the W, 10 ft wide, and is slightly hollowed-out internally.

In situation and construction this earthwork closely resembles that described on NT40NE 23 and it is possible that here, too there are two structural phases present; i.e. a first phase represented by enclosure A, and a later phase in which B and C were intruded and the main wall modified on the NE.

RCAHMS 1956, visited 1949

This earthwork is as described by the RCAHMS.

Resurveyed at 1:2500.

Visited by OS (WDJ) 17 February 1965

No change to the previous report. The size and constructional techniques of this work are consistent with it being a settlement even though the low and now marshy location is not a typical situation. At the upper end of the interior of enclosure B there are at least two probable hut platforms, shown but not annotated on the RCAHMS plan.

The work is under threat of destruction by the land owner, and the site is being currently excavated by the Scottish Development Department. No reports are as yet forthcoming.

Surveyed at 1:10,000.

Visited by OS (JRL) 13 December 1979


Sbc Note

Visibility: This site has been excavated.

Information from Scottish Borders Council


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