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Settlement on Wether Hill (Elsdon)

The remains of a Roman period native settlement survive as earthworks on the slopes of Wether Hill. They are sometimes called The Butts, and include two irregular enclosures with banks of earth and stone. One of the enclosures is scooped into the hillside and both have hut circles inside. Nearby there are remains of an old field system, which includes lynchets, banks, and stone clearance cairns. The north-western part of the field system has later, medieval ridge and furrow cultivation on top of it. This is a Scheduled Monument protected by law.

Reference number:N9730
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
FIELD SURVEY, Field Survey in Northumberland 1981

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Source of Reference
Local History of Elsdon

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