Stainton Ling Prehistoric Hut Circle Settlement, Associated Field Systems, Cairnfields, Funerary Cairns, and a Medieval Field System and Two Shielings
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Cumbria County Council
Copeland Borough Council
SJ137137 (313738, 494471)
The earthwork and buried remains of Stainton Ling Bronze Age hut circle settlement, an associated field system, two cairnfields and a funerary cairn. The hut circle settlement is located at SD13549446 and consists of a levelled circular platform 27 metres in diameter upon which one or more timber houses would have stood. There is an entrance on the platform's south western side and immediately south west of this there is a smaller circular platform considered to be the site of a single hut. Located at SD13569427 is an oval-shaped funearary cairn measuring 21 metres long by 11 metres wide and up to 2 metres high. Situated at SD13909444 is a field system consisting of four small plots or fields bounded by either stone banks or cairn alignments, all of which have been cleared of stone to provide land suitable for arable cultivation. A substantial stone bank aligned east-west runs between these small fields whilst elsewhere there are alignments of clearance cairns which are interpreted as representing the line of old field boundaries in which sporadic patches of stone clearance were piled against fences or hedges. A cairnfield is also centred at approximately the same location as the prehistoric field system and consists of about 200 clearance cairns. Scheduled.