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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***** 925
 Date Entered 04/04/2016
 Updated on 04/04/2016
 Recorded by Tim Laurie
 Category Burnt Mound
 Record Type Archaeology
 Site Access Private
 Record Date 03/04/2016
 Location Crackpot Side. Summer Lodge.
 Civil Parish Grinton
 Brit. National Grid SD 96144 95843
 Altitude 373m
 Geology Stream flushed pasture on glacal drift.
 Record Name Burnt mound on Crackpot Side north west of Summer Lodge Farm.
 Record Description Large burnt mound located in steeply sloping pasture on western bank of small spring stream. This characteristic burnt mound comprises a large,highly compacted and turf covered mound of fire-cracked and reddened sandstone fragments on the downslope side of a central trough marked by the usual rushes together with a smaller mound and two circular levelled hut platforms upslope of the trough. See photographs. This burnt mound is the first to be recorded within Little Haverdale. Further sites may be expected to exist in this area. The burnt mounds previously recorded to be nearest to this site are at spring rises on the upper dale side above Spring End. See SWAAG Database Record Nos
 Dimensions 9m*6m*.1.2m high approximately
 Additional Notes This burnt mound is of particular interest in that burnt mounds can be regarded as providing evidence for Transhumance during Prehistory, i.e. seasonal occupation of high limestone pastures by family groups of pastoralist herdsmen with their animals during the Late Neolithic and Bronze Age. The burnt mounds being evidence for the presence of their seasonally occupied camps on the Summer Pastures located close to the most constant springs. Summer Lodge is so named as the location of just such a summer pasture occupied by Medieval and Post Medieval herdsmen moving up from their farms located lower down in the Dale.
 Image 1 ID 6739         Click image to enlarge
 Image 1 Description View westward across the burnt mound to Bloody Vale
 Image 2 ID 6740         Click image to enlarge
 Image 2 Description View southward to Summer Lodge Moor over one of two hut platforms above the Burnt Mound.
 Image 3 ID 6741         Click image to enlarge
 Image 3 Description View South East to Summer Lodge Pasture
 Image 4 ID 6742         Click image to enlarge
 Image 4 Description View North East down to Swaledale
 Image 5 ID 6743         Click image to enlarge
 Image 5 Description Detail showing spring and rushes marking location of trough
 Image 6 ID 6744         Click image to enlarge
 Image 6 Description Fire cracked stone from this mound.
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