Keys to the Past

Roman period farmstead on Wood Hill (Otterburn)

The remains of a Roman period farmstead stand on Wood Hill. The farmstead survives as an earthwork and is sub-rectangular in shape. It is surrounded by a broad ditch and an inner bank of earth, and outside the ditch there are traces of a counterscarp bank. There are two entrances, one through the east wall and a second through the north wall. Inside the farmstead there are the remains of three circular stone founded houses between 6m and 8m in diameter. Outside the enclosure is an annexe, again marked by a bank this time with an outer ditch. Inside the annexe is one hut circle. This is a Scheduled Monument protected by law.

Reference number:N8294
Historical period: Roman (43 to 410)
Legal status:Scheduled Ancient Monument
Event(s):FIELD OBSERVATION, Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Field Investigation 1957; A S Phillips
FIELD SURVEY, Some rectilinear settlements of the Roman period in Northumberland; Further notes on rectilinear earthworks in Northumberland: some Medieval and Later settlements 1960



See also:
Source of Reference
Local History of Otterburn


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