Keys to the Past

The Battle Stone (Akeld)

This large (2m high) upright granite boulder is traditionally believed to commemorate the Battle of Homilton (1402), but is in fact a Bronze Age standing stone. About 10m to the west of the stone a cist was found in 1881. It contained an object recorded as a 'bronze sword handle', but which is more likely to have been a flat axe. This probably dates the grave to the Bronze Age. Such standing stones area a rare feature in the Northumberland landscape, and its association with a burial is important.

Reference number:N1539
Historical period: Bronze Age (2600BC to 700BC)
Legal status:Registered Battlefield
Scheduled Ancient Monument
Event(s):FIELD OBSERVATION, Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Field Investigation 1955; A S Phillips
FIELD OBSERVATION, Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Field Investigation 1969; R W Emsley

See also:
Source of Reference
Local History of Akeld

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