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Kirkbank Earthworks, Broughton

Early OS surveys of the Kirkbank Earthworks, Broughton (NT 110370) indicated a fort site and subsequent RCAHMS reports suggested iron age. Recent removal of forest cover has allowed a more detailed survey and partial ongoing excavation. A cob loaf...
Talla burn

Talla Reservoir

The temporary railway line carried 100 000 tons of material to the reservoir site but the vast bulk of material used in the construction of the dam wall was quarried from within the area of the reservoir.  This was...

Woodend Bronze Age cemetery

The Woodend Bronze Age cemetery was investigated to include it in an area as a visitor attraction. The site had been explored in the 1930’s (Stevenson, 1939) but with little in the way of a record of what was done...
Three cists, complete with capping stones

Lyne Early Christian Cemetery

The Lyne cist cemetery was discovered by chance by David Cowley and his partner Sharon while visiting the nearby Roman fort. A cist was found exposed on the summit of a gravel esker which had at some time in the...
Volunteers Surveying

Manor Valley

Lead Smelting and Burnt Mounds The Manor Valley was chosen as a suitable area for teaching surveying methods to members of the newly founded (1995) Peeblesshire Archaeological Society (PAS). This work became the first of three major surveys directed by the...
Excavation at pottery location

Megget Reservoir

Megget Reservoir lies just outside the Peeblesshire boundary. However, the Tweed survey was continued over the Talla watershed because unusually low water levels in the dry summer of 2003 provided an opportunity to inspect parts of the reservoir floor...

Glencotho lime kilns and deserted settlement

Lime Kilns The existence of three clamp kilns, located close to Glencotho House, a little over 3 km SW of Broughton, has been known for some time. The kilns obviously utilised the Wrae Limestone from the ‘small quarry on the...
Platform site

Fruid Reservoir

The C14 dates, one from each house so far, show that in both buildings the walls were made of hazel wattle and birch and had been destroyed by fire around the Middle Bronze Age.Note: the actual roundhouses at Fruid...
Logan Bastle House


Logan The valley sides of the Logan Burn, which occupies a short glen on the west side of the River Tweed, offer a landscape palimpsest which include Bronze Age cairns and burnt mounds, an Iron Age fort and a settlement,...
Broughton Heights Area

Broughton Heights Archaeological Survey in 1999

Download – Broughton Heights Archaeological Survey | 1.5MB | 1999 | Tam Ward, BAG | Field walking and survey of an upland landscape in Borders Region has produced a new level of data on pre-historic and post medieval monuments. A...

Heritage Trails

Research projects

Bastle Houses and Sheep Buchts

Selection of microliths

Mesolithic Biggar

Daer reservoir showing peat where water is down

Reservoir Archaeology