Keys to the Past

Roman period farmstead west of Rattenraw Farm (Rochester and Byrness)

A Roman period farmstead lies above the Rattenraw Burn. It comprises a sub-rectangular enclosure containing two sunken yards and the foundations of three round houses. Overall, the farmstead measures 40m by 30m but outside it are four further round houses and an irregular-shaped enclosure. Archaeologist think that this shows the settlement grew larger and expanded outside its original bounds. This is a Scheduled Monument protected by law.

Reference number:N8096
Historical period: Roman (43 to 410)
Medieval (1066 to 1540)
Iron Age (800BC to 43AD)
Legal status:Scheduled Ancient Monument

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Source of Reference
Local History of Rochester and Byrness

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