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Four Laws Roman cemetery (Haltwhistle)

This vast Roman cemetery lies along the north side of the Stanegate Roman road and partly inside Markham Cottage temporary camp. There are at least 15 burial mounds still standing, but many more once stood here and are shown on aerial photographs taken in the 1930s and on earlier editions of the Ordnance Survey map. Some of the mounds are very slight, and are no more than 10cm high, but others are 60cm high. The largest measures over 7.5m across. Each mound is also surrounded by a shallow ditch which is a characteristic found elsewhere in the northern frontier of the Roman Empire. This is a Scheduled Monument protected by law.

Reference number:N6492
Historical period: Roman (43 to 410)
Legal status:Scheduled Ancient Monument
Event(s):AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY, Hadrian's Wall Landscape from Chesters to Greenhead 1999; T GATES
WATCHING BRIEF, An archaeological watching brief in association with a coring survey along the B6318 'Military Road', Throckley-Gilsland, Tynedale, Northumberland 2007; Pre-Construct Archaeology

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Source of Reference
Local History of Haltwhistle


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