An Iron Age Hillfort at Glead's Cleugh, Northumberland. Survey Report

Author(s): T Pearson, Stewart Ainsworth

Between December 2000 and January 2001, English Heritage carried out an archaeological survey and investigation of the Iron Age hillfort at Glead’s Cleugh in the Northumberland National Park. The hillfort occupies a position of great natural strength on the summit of a steep-sided promontory which overlooks the valley of the Akeld Burn to the south. There are three ramparts on the north side of the hillfort protecting the neck of the promontory but around the remainder of the perimeter, where the sides of the promontory are much steeper, there was just a single rampart although this has largely disappeared on the east side. The hillfort is evidently of two phases and appears to have begun as a univallate fortification. In the second phase, the middle and outer ramparts were added and the inner rampart was mostly levelled. The traces of 14 circular scooped platforms are visible in the interior of the hillfort arranged along slight terraces which may have served as routeways. (This was report number 9/2001 in a previous series).

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