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Lookout Plantation Bronze Age settlement (Ford)

At Lookout Plantation, an unenclosed Bronze Age round house was first noted from aerial photographs taken as part of a survey for a British Gas pipeline. It was subsequently excavated in 1980 during the construction of the Simprim to Corbridge section of the Frigg IV gas pipeline. The excavation revealed four main elements: an apparent heptagonal slot or outer ring with a south-west facing entrance and timber porch structure enclosing an inner ring of seven post-holes. Inside this ring were several 'pit-like' features and an alignment of stakeholes. Five fragments of pottery were recovered and a polished stone axe. Radiocarbon dating produced a variety of dates from different features, ranging from 1460BC to 1140BC. The site is one of a small number of second millennium BC unenclosed settlement sites recorded in northern Northumberland.

Reference number:N1880
Historical period: Later Prehistoric (4000BC to 43AD)
Bronze Age (2600BC to 700BC)

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Source of Reference
Local History of Ford

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