Camp on Grindstone Law
Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number: 1006498
Date first listed: 08-Mar-1963
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District: Northumberland (Unitary Authority)
National Grid Reference: NZ 00378 73307
Defended settlement, 827m south east of Spout Quarry.
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 some disturbance from quarrying, the major portion of the defended settlement south east of Spout Quarry is preserved and in reasonable condition. The monument provides insight into the character of settlement and subsistence during the Iron Age and will contain archaeological deposits relating to its construction, use and abandonment.
This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 24 May 2016. This record has been generated from an "old county number" (OCN) scheduling record. These are monuments that were not reviewed under the Monuments Protection Programme and are some of our oldest designation records.
The monument includes the remains of a defended settlement of Iron Age date situated near the summit of Grindstone Law and partly protected by a natural scarp on the north side. The roughly D-shaped enclosure covers an area of approximately 0.5ha. and is surrounded by a single bank and ditch, which are preserved as low-earthworks. The bank and ditch are interrupted by a single causewayed entrance on the east side.
The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.
Legacy System number: ND 365
Legacy System: RSM - OCN
PastScape Monument No:- 20840
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 Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
End of official listing