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Craster defended settlement (Craster)

This settlement dates to the Iron Age and is built on the top of Craster Heugh. Here, the natural defences of the cliffs would have helped make this a very well protected place to live. On the sides where there are no cliffs, up to three ramparts and a ditch have been built. These stand up to 1.8m high in places and some are very wide; the outer rampart is over 10m wide. The entrance lies through the south-east side. Inside the settlement there are probably remains of buildings buried beneath the surface, but none are visible above ground. This is a Scheduled Monument protected by law.

Reference number:N5667
Historical period: 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 Craster


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