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Registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation Number 1155775
SWAAG Honorary President:
Tim Laurie FSA

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 *****SWAAG_ID***** 1
 Date Entered 07/01/2011
 Updated on 28/01/2015
 Recorded by Stephen Eastmead (admin)
 Category SWAAG Site
 Record Type Archaeology
 SWAAG Site Grinton Pastures
 Site Access Public Access Land
 Record Date 03/01/2011
 Location Approximately 300 metres east of Grinton Bridge beside the River Swale
 Civil Parish Grinton
 Brit. National Grid SE 05000 98500
 Altitude 180M
 Geology Sited on the River Swale Flood plain where two glacial terminal moraine mounds have been utilised by ?Iron Age man as a defended settlement, however a pre WW2 excavation suggested there were medieval, but didn't exclude a prehistoric past.
 Record Name Grinton Earthworks
 Record Description Two glacial mounds approximately 300 metres to the east of Grinton Bridge beside the River Swale on the southern bank. They can be viewed in Google Earth using this Grinton Mounds link (You need to have installed Google Earth then click this link and allow Google Earth to open it.)

They have been variously described as: Iron Age Hill Fort or a Roman Siege Fort but there appears to be no hard information published on the Internet to support either suggestion. The best suggestion appears to be they may be an Iron Age / Romano-British defended settlement, however a pre WW2 excavation suggested they were medieval, but didn't exclude a prehistoric past. There is evidence of medieval settlement and rig and furrow ploughing nearby.
 Dimensions Western mound approximately 100x80 metres. Eastern mound approximately 150x70 metres.
 Additional Notes See SWAAG reports on geophysics surveys made of this area.
 Image 1 ID 1         Click image to enlarge
 Image 1 Description Grinton Mounds map
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 Image 2 Description Grinton Mounds map with E - W relative heights
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 Image 3 Description Grinton Mounds map with S - N relative heights
 Image 4 ID 4         Click image to enlarge
 Image 4 Description Bank extending from modern cemetery to the eastern side of the eastern mound
 Image 5 ID 5         Click image to enlarge
 Image 5 Description Western Mound from the top of the eastern mound
 Image 6 ID 6         Click image to enlarge
 Image 6 Description Eastern mound from the top of the western mound
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 Image 7 Description Western Mound from the top of the eastern mound
 Image 8 ID 8         Click image to enlarge
 Image 8 Description Looking toward the NE corner of the field from the eastern mound, showing shallow bank.
 Image 9 ID 9         Click image to enlarge
 Image 9 Description Looking parallel with the River Swale showing mound heights Western mound in the foreground.
 Image 10 ID 10         Click image to enlarge
 Image 10 Description Google Earth image from 2002
 
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