Keys to the Past


Scooped settlement

An enclosed settlement located on sloping ground that has been cut, or scooped, into the hillside. Inside the settlement there may be further scoops for house platforms or yards. They are generally ascribed a later prehistoric date, e.g. Hetha Burn 1, Hethpool, Northumberland, though such sites may have been re-used in the later Medieval period for shielings. Pottery of 60s AD date was recovered from Hetha Burn 1 in excavations. These are especially common in the northern Cheviots.

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