Brown Dikes Roman Temporary Camp


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Northumberland County Council



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Grid Reference

SJ840840 (383988, 570300)

WGS84 Coordinates

55.0269, -2.2505

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NE47 5BA

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Earthwork remains of a group of five probable Medieval shielings within Brown Dikes Roman temporary camp. Set inside the south corner of the camp are the remains of four rectangular structures, probably shielings, with another inside the east corner. The footings of these structures are very slight, consisting of low turf banks measuring 1.4 m wide but no more than 0.3 m high and averaging 8.4 m by 5.7 m externally overall. Immediately to the south of the two structures against the south side, along the top of the rampart, is a very slight raised line of tussock grass, no more than 0.1 m high and 0.2 m wide and shown as a dashed line on the plan. This may possibly be the remains of some fence or wind-break associated with the shielings. The camp was one of only two noted by Horsley, the other being Watchclose, Cumbria; he made no mention of the shielings which were probably already hard to trace.

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