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Medieval Shielings on Akeld Hill (Akeld)

These are the remains of two medieval shielings on the east side of a neck of land between Akeld Hill and White Law. Shielings are temporary settlements used in the medieval period by shepherds grazing their flocks on upland pastures. An enclosure for controlling the sheep is found nearby, to the north of the shielings. A small circular mound nearby to the west of the site is probably a midden, a pile of rubbish left there by those who stayed in the shielings. A number of other earthwork remains are found nearby, but these are not well understood. This is a Scheduled Monument protected by law.

Reference number:N1396
Historical period: Medieval (1066 to 1540)
Legal status:Scheduled Ancient Monument

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Source of Reference
Local History of Akeld


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