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Viewing website implies consent to set cookies on your computer. Full details Swaledale and Arkengarthdale Archaeology Group
Registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation Number 1155775
SWAAG Honorary President:
Tim Laurie FSA

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 *****SWAAG_ID***** 258
 Date Entered 01/08/2011
 Updated on 01/08/2011
 Recorded by Tim Laurie
 Category Enclosure
 Record Type Archaeology
 Site Access Public Footpath
 Record Date 01/01/2005
 Location Aysgarth. Flout Moor Lane.
 Civil Parish Aysgarth
 Brit. National Grid SD 982 873
 Altitude 309m
 Geology Drumlin like boulder clay ridge.
 Record Name Castle Dikes Henge.
 Record Description Single entrance henge. This is a classic henge comprising central featureless area enclosed by a ditch and outer bank. The single entrance is on the eastern perimeter, all other gaps are recent drainage trenches. Various large rocks in the pastures to the east of the henge may simply be sheep rubbing stones, but could conceivably be the remnant of some structure possibly associated with the henge.
 Dimensions See photos.
 Additional Notes Castle Dikes Henge is the only real henge monument on the NE Pennine Fringe. Castle Dikes should be considered as being one element within a contemporary later neolithic/Early Bronze Age Landscape which included the oval cairn known as Stoney raise on Geenber Edge, the decorated round cairn on Addlebrough, round cairn on Counterset Crag, occupation sites and the numerous burnt mounds (indicators of contemporary Late Neolithic and Bronze Age Settlement) in the vicinity of Semerwater, on the eastern slopes below Addlebrough,on Thornton Rust Moor and at Haw bank Springs. The two large burnt mounds at Haw Bank Springs are just 700m to the west of Castle Dikes Henge and are visible from the Henge. The single entrance is to the east. Otheer gaps in the ditch and outer bank are recent field drainage trenches. Castle Dikes henge is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and has not been excavated. It is likely to be of Late Neolithic Age.
 Image 1 ID 910         Click image to enlarge
 Image 1 Description AP of the Henge known as Castle Dikes, Aysgarth. (Photo St Joseph, J.K.S.)
 Image 2 ID 911         Click image to enlarge
 Image 2 Description Castle Dikes Henge. Winter.
 Image 3 ID 912         Click image to enlarge
 Image 3 Description Flout Moor lane. the approach to Castle Dikes Henge.
 Image 4 ID 913         Click image to enlarge
 Image 4 Description Burnt Mound, one of two large burnt mounds located just 700m West of Castle Dikes Henge. The henge is visible in the mid distance from this burnt mound.
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