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Registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation Number 1155775
SWAAG Honorary President:
Tim Laurie F,S,A,

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 *****SWAAG_ID***** 149
 Date Entered 05/03/2011
 Updated on 10/03/2011
 Recorded by Tim Laurie
 Category Burnt Mound
 Record Type Archaeology
 Site Access Public Footpath
 Record Date 03/09/2009
 Location Gale Houses in-between High and Low Whitaside
 Civil Parish Grinton
 Brit. National Grid SD 98711 97482
 Altitude 283m
 Record Name Burnt Mound Whitaside.
 Record Description Large burnt mound at abandoned spring in steeply sloping grass pasture 75m SE of Gales Houses Ruined Farm Buildings. Some rabbit damage and much visible burnt stone. NOTE. Gales Houses ruined farmstead is currently the subject of a Planning Application for refurbishment and this burnt mound may require special protection measures. .
 Dimensions Approximately 10m diameter
 Additional Notes Associated settlement: This burnt mound may have been associated with the large unenclosed round house in pasture immediately south of Windy House, some 500m to the east. Burnt mounds are crescentic or circular mounds of fire cracked , reddened sandstone. They vary in size from 4m to 18m diameter and can be more than 2m above present ground level. In the Eastern Dales, their regular distribution at springs at 1-2km intervals on the Dale Sides may represent the distribution of contemporary transient settlements with which they were associated. They are numerous throughout Britain and their distribution is not limited to the Uplands. Their use as sweat house saunas seems most probable in the absence of any evidence for cooking. Radiocarbon dates from burnt mounds have been obtained from as early as 2400CalBC to around 800 CalBC, most are of Middle Bronze Age date. References Laurie,T.C. 2003. Researching the Prehistory of Wensleydale, Swaledale and Teesdale, in �The Archaeology of Yorkshire-an assessment at the beginning of the twenty first century�. Leeds: Y.A.Soc Occ Pap 3, 223-34. Laurie , T.C. 2004. �Burnt mounds in Wensleydale and Swaledale�. Leeds: Y.A.Soc Occ Pap 2,79-88. Laurie,T.C., 2007. � Enigma excavations - The Sturdy Springs Burnt Mounds, October 2006�. Conservation Update. Defense Estates.
 Image 1 ID 388         Click image to enlarge
 Image 1 Description Burnt Mound south of Gales Houses
 Image 2 ID 419         Click image to enlarge
 Image 2 Description Burnt Mound south of Gales Houses
 Image 3 ID 420         Click image to enlarge
 Image 3 Description Burnt Mound south of Gales Houses
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