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Milking Gap native British settlement (Henshaw)

The native Britons built a settlement here in the Roman period, between the vallum and Hadrian's Wall. The settlement is made up of a rectangular enclosure with hut circles inside. The enclosure wall was made of large boulders and is about two metres wide and still stands 80 centimetres high. The largest hut stands at the centre of the enclosure and has ruined walls 40 centimetres high. When the settlement was excavated in 1937, archaeologists found pottery dating to the second century AD. Around the settlement are traces of other earthworks that may be part of a field system. This is a Scheduled Monument protected by law.

Reference number:N6587
Historical period: Roman (43 to 410)
Later Prehistoric (4000BC to 43AD)
Legal status:Scheduled Ancient Monument
Event(s):FIELD SURVEY, Some rectilinear settlements of the Roman period in Northumberland; Further notes on rectilinear earthworks in Northumberland: some Medieval and Later settlements 1960
AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY, Hadrian's Wall Landscape from Chesters to Greenhead 1999; T GATES
AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY, Hadrian's Wall Landscape from Chesters to Greenhead. An air photographic survey 2004; 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 Henshaw


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