Prehistoric Enclosures, Bronze Age Field System, Unenclosed Round Houses and Three Cairns Nw of Langlee Crags, 900m South of Langlee
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County Council (Unitary)
Northumberland County Council
SJ964964 (396364, 622364)
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The remains of three irregular enclosures probably of prehistoric date, an extensive field system with lynchets, field plots, field clearance and burial cairns and unenclosed hut circles of Bronze Age date. The most northerly enclosure is sub-rectangular in shape and measures 50 metres by 37 metres internally. It is enclosed by a bank of earth and stone up to 0.5 metres high. In the north west corner is a hut circle 8 metres in diameter. A second, irregular enclosure, is situated 15 metres to the south. It is defined by a bank up to 0.5 metres high on three sides. On the south side the enclosure is slightly scooped up to 0.75 metres deep. Fragments of curving banks indicate the remains of up to five hut circles or hut platforms inside and adjacent to this enclosure; two hut circles lie within the enclosure and three outside. Three lynchets lie immediately to the east of the enclosure and appear to define a small associated land plot. Two conjoined hut circles, 3 metres in diameter internally and defined by banks 0.5 metres high lie 10 metres south of these plots. The most southerly enclosure lies 65 metres south of these hut circles and is roughly oval in shape. It is defined by a bank 1.5 metres wide and 0.5 metres high. Around the enclosures and lynchets is an extensive cairnfield. The most southerly part comprises nine cairns and is associated with a single hut circle and lynchet 110 metres south west of the most southerly enclosure. The largest group of cairns lies to the west and south of the two most northerly enclosures and comprises at least 30 cairns. Within this group are a cluster of about seven cairns which are compact and well formed, with average dimensions of 3.5 in diameter by 0.4 metres high, which are interpreted as possible burial cairns. A third group of 14 cairns lies to the north east of the most northerly enclosure. To the east of the monument is a string of three cairns of which one is a probable ring cairn. Scheduled.
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