Keys to the Past

West Camp on Dod Law (Doddington)

The remains of an Iron Age hillfort stand as earthworks on Dod Law. It is roughly D-shaped, with two ramparts of earth and stones. Outside the north-west side is an annexe. There are two entrances to the main hillfort: at the south-east entrance the outer bank turns inwards each side almost as far as the inner rampart, forming a stone-walled passage; the other entrance is in the north-west side and opens into the outer annexe. Inside the hillfort are at least six hut circles between 4m and 8m in diameter, and one circular feature may be a kiln. The hut circles probably date to a later reuse of the site in the Roman period. To the east are the foundations of a rectangular building or enclosure, of fairly recent date, which may be connected with a bank to the south, possibly used as a sheep pen. Another hut circle lies outside the hillfort on the north side, with two small sub-rectangular enclosures nearby. Part of the hillfort was excavated by archaeologists in the 1980s who found prehistoric pottery, glass bangle fragments, melon bead, slag, querns, first century brooches, animal bone, carbonised plant remains, cup and ring marked stones, flints, clearance cairn containing portable cup and ring marked stones. This is a Scheduled Monument protected by law.

Reference number:N3795
Historical period: Roman (43 to 410)
Neolithic (4000BC to 2200BC)
Iron Age (800BC to 43AD)
Legal status:Scheduled Ancient Monument
Event(s):FIELD SURVEY, Hill forts and settlements in Northumberland ; G Jobey

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Source of Reference
Local History of Doddington


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