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Defended settlement, 550m south west of Broomhouse

List Entry Summary

This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Name: Defended settlement, 550m south west of Broomhouse

List entry Number: 1006410

Location

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County:

District: Northumberland

District Type: Unitary Authority

Parish: Chatton

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 13-Apr-1981

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

Legacy System Information

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Legacy System: RSM - OCN

UID: ND 626

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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Reasons for Designation

During the earlier Iron Age (seventh to fifth centuries BC) a variety of different types of defensive settlements began to be constructed and occupied in the northern uplands of England. The most obvious sites were hillforts built in prominent locations. In addition to these a range of smaller sites, sometimes with an enclosed area of less than 1ha and defined as defended settlements, were also constructed. Some of these were located on hilltops, others are found in less prominent positions. The enclosing defences were of earthen construction, some sites having a single bank and ditch (univallate), others having more than one (multivallate). At some sites these earthen ramparts represent a second phase of defence, the first having been a timber fence or palisade. Within the enclosure a number of stone or timber-built round houses were occupied by the inhabitants. Stock may also have been kept in these houses, especially during the cold winter months, or in enclosed yards outside them. The communities occupying these sites were probably single family groups, the defended settlements being used as farmsteads. Construction and use of this type of site extended over several centuries, possibly through to the early Romano-British period (mid to late first century AD). Defended settlements are a rare monument type. They were an important element of the later prehistoric settlement pattern of the northern uplands and are important for any study of the developing use of fortified settlements during this period. All well-preserved examples are believed to be of national importance. Despite cultivation, the defended settlement south west of Broomhouse retains significant archaeological deposits relating to its construction, use and abandonment, and environmental deposits relating to the nature and use of the surrounding landscape. The monument will contribute to our knowledge and understanding of settlement and subsistence during the Iron Age.

History

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Details

The monument includes the buried remains of an Iron Age defended settlement situated just off the top of a ridge on a gentle north east facing slope. The settlement, which is visible as a cropmark enclosure on aerial photographs, is sub-circular in shape with a diameter of approximately 60m and is surrounded by one, and in places two, ditches with an average width of 5m. The outer ditch does not make a complete circuit as it joins the inner ditch for a stretch of 40m on the north side of the enclosure. The enclosure has an entrance on the east side which is flanked by in-turned ditch terminals.

SOURCES PastScape Monument No:- 5705 NMR:- NU02NW41 Northumberland HER:- 3318

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National Grid Reference: NU 03996 27351

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