Early Medieval Farmstead at Green Shiel, Holy Island


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Early Medieval

Data Source

English Heritage

County Council (Unitary)

Northumberland County Council


Holy Island

Parliamentary Constituency


Grid Reference

SE122122 (412185, 643637)

WGS84 Coordinates

55.6861, -1.80618

Nearest Postcode

TD15 2SE

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A medieval farmstead is visible as a number of ruined buildings on air photographs. This structure appears to be part of larger complex, exposed by previous excavation. Not all the features could be mapped with great accuracy due to a lack in control points. The features are still extant on the latest 1996 NMR oblique photography.Early Medieval hearths were initially recorded on this site. Recent excavations slightly to the south west have revealed the remains of a farmstead with at least five long rectangular buildings and two enclosures. Coin evidence from the excavation suggests that the site was occupied from the mid 9th century. It is thought that the hearths and the farmstead are part of the same site. The site is scheduled.

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