Keys to the Past

Pit alignment, gullies and possible Roman site at Wooperton Quarry (Cheviotside)

Excavations at Wooperton in 2004. 
Photo by Northumberland County Council.
Excavations at Wooperton in 2004. Photo by Northumberland County Council.

The remains of a row of pits have been found in Wooperton Quarry. It was at least 60m long and includes 33 pits. It continued at both ends into areas not recorded by archaeologists. A remarkable amount of early Roman pottery has been found in these pits. Traces of possible buildings, also of Roman date, have been found nearby as well as a possible Bronze Age cremation pit. This site is unusual, as pit alignments are usually of prehistoric date. The features found so far appear to suggest they are on the edge of a settlement, possibly military, associated with the Devil's Causeway Roman road.

Reference number:N3668
Historical period: Roman (43 to 410)
Bronze Age (2600BC to 700BC)
Event(s):EXCAVATION, Wooperton gravel quarry Phase 1 1997; Headland Archaeology
EXCAVATION, Wooperton gravel quarry. Phase 1, second strip. Assessment report 1997; Headland Archaeology
WATCHING BRIEF, Wooperton Quarry: Phase 1, Third strip. Assessment Report 1998; HEADLAND ARCHAEOLOGY
WATCHING BRIEF, Wooperton Quarry: phase 1, fourth strip assessment report 1999; HEADLAND ARCHAEOLOGY
WATCHING BRIEF, Wooperton Quarry: phase 1, fifth strip. Assessment report 2000; HEADLAND ARCHAEOLOGY
WATCHING BRIEF, Wooperton Quarry: Phase 2, first strip. Assessment report 2003; Headland Archaeology
EXCAVATION, Wooperton Quarry: Phase 2, Second strip. Assessment Report 2004; Headland Archaeology

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See also:
Source of Reference
Local History of Cheviotside
Local History of Cheviotside


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