Keys to the Past

Multiperiod finds and features on Ward's Hill (Brinkburn and Hesleyhurst)

Some time before 1937, objects buried in a cairn over three thousand years ago, in what archaeologists call the Bronze Age, were found at a quarry on Ward's Hill. There is no sign of a cairn today at Ward's Hill. At the same time, some medieval pottery was also found. The Bronze Age objects, a whetstone, some pots, an arrowhead, a scraper and some bones were donated to the Blackgate Museum, Newcastle upon Tyne. They may now be stored at the Museum of Antiquities, Newcastle upon Tyne. The medieval pottery is lost. In the 1960s, an archaeologist reported seeing the remains of post-medieval sow kilns in the vicinity of Ward's Hill. These kilns may have been destroyed as the quarry expanded.

Reference number:N10752
Historical period: Medieval (1066 to 1540)
Later Prehistoric (4000BC to 43AD)
Bronze Age (2600BC to 700BC)

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Source of Reference
Local History of Brinkburn and Hesleyhurst
Local History of Brinkburn and Hesleyhurst

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