Keys to the Past

Slate Hill (Belsay)

This monument is a defended settlement of Iron Age date occupying the summit of Slate Hill. The semi-circular enclosure covers an area 98m by 62m and has four ramparts. They originally continued around the east side but they have been damaged by quarrying so only one is visible at this point. The ramparts are made of stone and earth and are between 4m and 6m wide and 1.4m high. A break in the outer ramparts on the western side of the enclosure may have been the original entrance. This is a Scheduled Monument protected by law.

Reference number:N10578
Historical period: Later Prehistoric (4000BC to 43AD)
Iron Age (800BC to 43AD)
Legal status:Scheduled Ancient Monument
Event(s):FIELD OBSERVATION, Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Field Investigation 1968; B H Pritchard
FIELD SURVEY, Hill forts and settlements in Northumberland ; G Jobey

See also:
Source of Reference
Local History of Belsay

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