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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***** 806
 Date Entered 04/05/2014
 Updated on 04/05/2014
 Recorded by Tim Laurie
 Category Burial Mounds and Cairns
 Record Type Archaeology
 Site Access Private
 Record Date 02/05/2014
 Location West Burton. Pasture below Morpeth Wood south of Mountstritch Springs.
 Civil Parish Burton cum Walden
 Brit. National Grid SE 0270 8805
 Altitude 190m
 Geology Terrace formed by the Hardraw Scar Limestone.
 Record Name Pasture below Morpeth Wood. Mountstritch Springs. Round barrow below modern field wall
 Record Description Round barrow preserved below modern dry stone field wall crossing the terrace formed from the Hardraw Scar Limestone at Mountstritch below Morpeth Wood. This round barrow was first recognised and photographed from the public footpath to the Knights Templars Preceptory from Morpeth Gate during the recording of two burnt mounds located at springs below Morpeth Wood. This round barrow is not elongated as characteristic of glacial drumlins, is turf covered and appears to be of stone cobble composition. The original circumference of the barrow has been substantially reduced in size by ploughing but this mound is otherwise intact.
 Dimensions See photograph.
 Additional Notes The juxtaposition of this round barrow with the lowest two of a linear group of nine burnt mounds on the line of springs which rise intermittently below the highest springs at SE08164 86317, 444m AOD just 300m east of the prehistoric round house settlement on Burton Moor, is of considerable interest. For details of these burnt mounds, See separate SWAAG Records.
 Image 1 ID 5392         Click image to enlarge
 Image 1 Description The round barrow is clearly visible where overlain by the dry stone field wall
 Image 2 ID 5393         Click image to enlarge
 Image 2 Description View of the Mountstritch Pastures from the footpath below Morpeth Wood.
 Image 3 ID 5394         Click image to enlarge
 Image 3 Description Burnt mound at Spring rise below Morpeth Wood. The presence of slag indicates smelting activity here and that this burnt mound may have been reused as an iron bloomery site.
 Image 4 ID 5395         Click image to enlarge
 Image 4 Description Burnt mound below Morpeth Wood at SE0289 8814
 Image 5 ID 5396         Click image to enlarge
 Image 5 Description Slag from smelting on the burnt mound.
 Image 6 ID 5397         Click image to enlarge
 Image 6 Description The second burnt mound a below a spring rise at SE0289 8813
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