Stone hut circle, 950m north-west of Colwell

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1011410

Date first listed: 28-Mar-1994

Map

Ordnance survey map of Stone hut circle, 950m north-west of Colwell
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Location

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Northumberland (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Chollerton

National Grid Reference: NY 94364 76141

Summary

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Reasons for Designation

Stone hut circles and hut circle settlements were the dwelling places of prehistoric farmers. Most date from the Bronze Age (c.2000-700 BC). The stone- based round-houses consist of low walls or banks enclosing a circular floor area; the remains of the turf, thatch or heather roofs are not preserved. The huts may occur singly or in small or large groups and may lie in the open or be enclosed by a bank of earth or stone. Frequently traces of their associated field systems may be found immediately around them. These may be indicated by areas of clearance cairns and/or the remains of field walls and other enclosures. The longevity of use of hut circle settlements and their relationship with other monument types provides important information on the diversity of social organisation and farming practices amongst prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of their period and a substantial proportion of surviving examples are considered worthy of protection.

The hut circle below Green Crags is well preserved. It lies close to other contemporary settlements and will contribute to an understanding of the settlement pattern of this area in the late prehistoric period.

History

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Details

The monument includes a stone hut circle of Bronze Age date, situated in a sheltered position at the foot of Green Crags. The hut circle is visible as the roughly circular foundations of a building, comprising a bank 1.6m wide and 0.4m high, composed of large stones set on end. The interior of the building measures 4m in diameter. It is not obvious where the original entrance was but this is normally found in the south-eastern corner.

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Legacy

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Legacy System number: 20940

Legacy System: RSM

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