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Prehistoric settlement and field system east of Burntshield Haugh (Blanchland)

The earthwork remains of two hut circles, a farmstead and a field system, all of prehistoric date, lie on the western edge of Burntshieldhaugh Fell. The farmstead is a subrectangular enclosure with walls of earth and stone around it with three hut circles attached to the outside of the western wall. Around the farmstead lies a contemporary field system made up of sinuous banks and lines of boulders which define plots of land, or fields. The field system is crossed by a trackway that runs downhill from the side of the farmstead. The possible remains of two earlier hut circles lie within the field system and may be Bronze Age in date. This is a Scheduled Monument protected by law.

Reference number:N8393
Historical period: Roman (43 to 410)
Bronze Age (2600BC to 700BC)
Iron Age (800BC to 43AD)
Legal status:Scheduled Ancient Monument
Event(s):FIELD SURVEY, Lord Crewe Estate Archaeological Survey 1993; NORTHERN ARCHAEOLOGICAL ASSOCIATES
FIELD SURVEY, Lord Crewe Estate archaeological survey 1993; Northern Archaeological Associates
FIELDWALKING SURVEY, Burntshieldhaugh Fell, Lord Crewe Estate Survey 1993; Northern Archaeological Associates
PHOTOGRAPHIC SURVEY, Lord Crewe Estate Archaeological Survey 1993; NORTHERN ARCHAEOLOGICAL ASSOCIATES

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See also:
Source of Reference
Local History of Blanchland


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