Keys to the Past

Prehistoric Settlement at North Pike (Alnham)

The remains of two ring-groove houses, each of 22m diameter have been found at this site. There are several circular grooves on each side. This shows that the buildings had been rebuilt several times, with a new groove to support the walls cut each time. The houses were probably originally surrounded by a wooden fence or palisade. To the north-east at least two clearance cairns, mounds of stone, made when clearing fields before growing crops, can be seen. Simple sites like this are difficult to date, but this example probably dates from the Bronze Age or Iron Age. This is a Scheduled Monument protected by law.

Reference number:N1365
Historical period: Later Prehistoric (4000BC to 43AD)
Legal status:Scheduled Ancient Monument
Event(s):FIELD SURVEY, Field Survey in Northumberland 1979

See also:
Source of Reference
Local History of Alnham

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