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Smalesmouth Farm prehistoric and Roman period settlement (Falstone)

The remains of two settlements lie on the hillside above Smalesmouth Farm. The first settlement was built here in the Iron Age and it survives as an earthwork. It comprises a rectangular enclosure surrounded by two ramparts and a ditch and has two entrances. Later, in the Roman period, a smaller farm was built inside it. Again, it is roughly rectangular in plan but this time was surrounded by a stone wall, although this has now fallen down. Inside the later farm are two sunken yards and the foundations of at least two circular houses. Another circular house lies just outside the enclosure wall. This is a Scheduled Monument protected by law.

Reference number:N6970
Historical period: Roman (43 to 410)
Iron Age (800BC 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

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Source of Reference
Local History of Falstone


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