Bowmont Hill camp
Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number: 1006526
Date first listed: 09-Apr-1951
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District: Northumberland (Unitary Authority)
National Grid Reference: NT 83452 30875
Defended settlement, 774m north of Venchen Old Toll.
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.
The defended settlement north of Venchen Old Toll is reasonably well-preserved and is a good example of its type with its prominent landscape setting. The monument will contain archaeological deposits relating to its construction, use and abandonment and environmental deposits relating to the use of the surrounding landscape.
This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 23 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 a defended settlement of Iron Age date, situated on the summit of Bowmont Hill along a steep ridge with sharp slopes to the east and west. The elongated enclosure is not fully enclosed; a single bank and ditch protects approaches from the more gradual slopes to the north east and south west and do not continue along the sides of the ridge. The interior of the monument is separated into two enclosures by a triple rampart.
The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.
Legacy System number: ND 256
Legacy System: RSM - OCN
PastScape Monument No:- 1295
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