Roman Period Native Settlement and Associated Field System and Trackway on North East Slope of Brands Hill
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County Council (Unitary)
Northumberland County Council
SJ979979 (397921, 624120)
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The earthwork remains of a Romano-British enclosed settlement and associated unenclosed hut circles, a field system and trackway. It is located on the north east face of Brands Hill. The settlement comprises a set of double banks enclosing the stone foundations of at least two round houses. The outer bank of earth and rubble survives up to 4 metres wide and 0.5 metres high, forming an enclosure which is 'flask-shaped'. The inner enclosure bank survives up to 1.5 metres high. The stone founded huts within the inner enclosure face east and overlook a scooped courtyard. Immediately to the east of the enclosed settlement lies a complex of at least ten stone founded round houses or house platforms and a series of small paddocks, or field plots, and field walls covering 2.25 hectares. The houses generally appear to be grouped in pairs, and range from 6 metres to 10 metres in diameter. Some of the houses are scooped into the hillside and two pairs overlook scooped courtyards. One pair of round houses is partly enclosed by a semi-circular field wall; the remainder lie outside, but in close proximity to the field plots. There are the remains of at leasr three irregular field plots, uo to 50 metres by 75 metres, defined by earth and stone banks, 1 metre wide and up to 0.3 metres high. The north end of the field plots are defined by a track, or hollow way, at least 200 metres long, defined on both sides by a bank 1 metre wide and up to 0.2 metres high. This track continues eastwards, beyond the eastern limit of the settlement and field system, for a length of about 100 metres. Scheduled.
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