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Ring Chesters defended settlement (Kilham)

Ring Chesters is an Iron Age hillfort. Three stone banks surround the oval enclosure. The site lies at the north end of a hilltop, which is separated into two areas of high ground by a gently sloping saddle. The inside of the enclosure contains the circular stone foundations of a number of stone built prehistoric buildings; traces of at least eight hut circles can be seen. Two contain traces of what may be hearths. There is also possible evidence of earlier timber buildings. A series of well-preserved cultivation terraces lies on the hill slope to the west of the settlement. This is a Scheduled Monument protected by law.

Reference number:N588
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 Kilham


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