Keys to the Past

Barracker Rigg multi-period settlement (Otterburn)

The landscape at Barracker Rigg shows a long history of farming. We know that Bronze Age people farmed here, because they built several clearance cairns and a round cairn. Iron Age stone-walled fields contain ridge and furrow marks. A Roman period native settlement can also be seen here. It consists of oval or roughly circular enclosures containing the remains of several round houses. The enclosure walls and the remains of the houses are built of stone. Medieval farmers built houses here too but all that survives of these houses are the house platforms they were built on. A roughly rectangular stone-walled enclosure is also of medieval date. The multi-period settlement at Barracker Rigg is a Scheduled Monument protected by law.

Reference number:N8169
Historical period: Roman (43 to 410)
Medieval (1066 to 1540)
Iron Age (800BC to 43AD)
Legal status:Scheduled Ancient Monument
Event(s):FIELD OBSERVATION, Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Field Investigation 1977; S Ainsworth

See also:
Source of Reference
Local History of Otterburn

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