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Eildon Hill North

One of the Eildon Hills in the Scottish Borders, Eildon Hill North rises to 404m (1325 feet) a half-mile (0.8 km) northeast of Eildon Mid Hill, a mile (1.5 km) southeast of Melrose and a similar distance southwest of Newstead. The double embankments of an enormous Iron Age hill fort surround the flat summit, which was also the site of a Roman Signal Station undoubtedly associated with the nearby fort at Newstead. The hill fort is the largest in Scotland, extending to 15.8 ha (39 acres), and may have been begun as early as the Bronze Age but was certainly reoccupied and reconstructed in several phases. There is evidence of hundreds of huts having been contained within its walls, with a resident population that may have peaked in the thousands. A series of excavations have revealed many artefacts.


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