Apperley Dene fort
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County Council (Unitary)
Northumberland County Council
Broomley and Stocksfield
SE056056 (405559, 558020)
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The site of an alleged Roman fortlet. Earlier Mesolithic and Neolithic flints have been found on the site and there was reportedly a barrow near the site, which was removed. Originally interpreted as a Roman fortlet after excavations by Hildyard in 1951 the site was re-excavated in 1974-5 by K Greene and S Speak. Two phases of Roman occupation were found on the site; the first was a 2nd century AD timber hut circle within a double ditched enclosure and the second a 3rd to 4th century stone built phase. The site has been reinterpreted as a native Romano-British farmstead although a military role for the site has not been ruled out. The site is under pasture but earthworks are still visible.
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