Circular enclosure W of Second Linthaugh
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County Council (Unitary)
Northumberland County Council
SJ930930 (392955, 636562)
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A sub-circular, single ditched enclosure visible as a cropmark at Lint Haugh. It measures c.45m south-west to north-east by c.35m north-west to south-east and has an internal area of c.0.1ha. There is a single entrance clearly visible in the north-eastern part of the ditch.The function of this site is unsure, but several theories have been proposed:1) Ordnance Survey field investigation in 1967 noted that the cropmark coincides with the perimeter of a slight, waterlogged depression, and suggested that the site might be a filled-in marlpit.2) Some authorities have suggested that this site is a henge but this theory is not widely accepted and the site is not included in Harding and Lee's (1987) gazetter of henges and related monuments.3) When recording this site from aerial photographs, Tim Gates suggested it to be a settlement enclosure.The cropmark has been scheduled as a circular enclosure.
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