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065 Stone Circle, Burgh Hill, Hawick.

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Burgh Hill Stone Circle is situated on a natural shelf near the summit of Burgh Hill. The circle is egg-shaped on plan, measures 16.50m x 13.40m and comprises 25 stones, 13 of which are erect with the remainder now recumbent. All the stones are comparatively small in size, ranging from barely above ground level to around 0.80m high and most are aligned with a broad face along the perimeter of the circle. One of the recumbent stones is larger, measuring 1.50m long x 0.64m wide. It is recorded that the circle "has been well explored, but yielded nothing of a sepulchral nature". The circle is in a poor state of repair, mostly due to livestock churning up the boggy ground.

From Hawick, take a minor road south from the mini roundabout at the end of the High Street, leading to Priesthaugh. Burgh Hill is about 1 mile before Priesthaugh.

On roadside grass verge adjacent to farm track leading up Burgh Hill.

Burgh Hill is on of the few stone settings actually described in an detail. Like Borrowstone Rig, this setting is believed to have been constructed along strict geometric principles based on the megalithic yard (my) of 0.829m. It is based on an initial 8my circle and on two further circles linked to Pythagorean triangles placed back to back at the centre of the diameter of the original circle! And who said these people were from the Stone Age? Why these measurements were used is unknown and the purpose of the stone setting also remains a mystery.

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Quick Info
Type: Stone Circle
Nearest Town: Hawick
Landranger Sheet 79
O.S. Explorer Sheet 331
Grid Reference: NT 4701 0624
GPS Reference: BURGH1

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