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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***** 884
 Date Entered 27/07/2015
 Updated on 28/07/2015
 Recorded by Tim Laurie
 Category Settlement
 Record Type Archaeology
 SWAAG Site Name 
 Site Type 
 Site Name 
 Site Description 
 Site Access Public Access Land
 Record Date 25/07/2015
 Location Orgate Scar
 Civil Parish Marske
 Brit. National Grid NZ 094 021
 Altitude 300m
 Geology Talus scree and kame terrace below sheer cliff formed by The Main Limestone.
 Record Name Extended settlement remains below Orgate Scar
 Record Description The existence of a single round house with associated enclosures on both sides of the 18C dry stone field wall at NZ094001 (centre) had been recognised and photographed from the top edge of Orgate Scar during March 2013, see photos below and also those on SWAAG Record No 700, but no record had been uploaded to indicate the full extent of these features. A recent visit to Orgate Scar enabled these features to be examined closely in more detail, see photo images below. No survey or HER record has yet been made of these structures which may represent occupation at different periods. For further images of the fine yews and relict woodland on and below Orgate Scar, see SWAAG Records Nos 195,584,700,702,706,708,709
 Dimensions See photos
 Geographical area 
 Scientific Name 
 Common / Notable Species 
 Tree and / or Stem Girth 
 Tree: Position / Form / Status 
 Tree Site ID 0
 Associated Site SWAAG ID 0
 Additional Notes Thes interesting settlement remains are probably not on record and a small survey is needed to adequately describe them. The visible structural remains include two possible ring cairns, one good round house within a small enclosure to the east of the recent field wall and, to the west of the wall, several very roughly constructed huts with associated enclosures at the base of the scree together with several paddock like fields with clearance cairns which take advantage of the deeper soil on the kame terrace.
 Image 1 ID 6336         Click image to enlarge
 Image 1 Description Enclosures at base of scree below the Scar, west of the 18C field wall.
 Image 2 ID 6337         Click image to enlarge
 Image 2 Description Detail of the enclosure from the field wall at the top of the scree.
 Image 3 ID 6339         Click image to enlarge
 Image 3 Description Isolated round house with attached enclosure in pasture east of the wall, photographed from the top edge of Orgate Scar.
 Image 4 ID 6340         Click image to enlarge
 Image 4 Description Closer view of this ring bank interpreted as a round huse. the stone banked enclosure is present but not visible on these photos.
 Image 5 ID 6341         Click image to enlarge
 Image 5 Description View southward from Orgate SCar, winter.
 Image 6 ID 6342         Click image to enlarge
 Image 6 Description Enclosure at base of scree as seen from the wall at the base of the cliff.
 Image 7 ID 6343         Click image to enlarge
 Image 7 Description Enclosure at base of scree
 Image 8 ID 6344         Click image to enlarge
 Image 8 Description Small ring bank, small hut but no entrance indicates that this may be a ring cairn, close to the settlement enclosure
 Image 9 ID 6345         Click image to enlarge
 Image 9 Description The same
 Image 10 ID 6346         Click image to enlarge
 Image 10 Description Entrance through stone banked enclosure leading to cleared paddock with several large clearance cairns
 Image 11 ID 6347
 Image 11 Description Detail of enclosure bank at entrance.
 Image 12 ID 6348
 Image 12 Description Irregular structure constructed at perimeter of the enclosure.
 Image 13 ID 6349
 Image 13 Description Irregular structure constructed at perimeter of the enclosure.
 Image 14 ID 6450
 Image 14 Description 
 Image 15 ID 6351
 Image 15 Description Cleared field on kame terrace with clearance heaps.
 Image 16 ID 6352
 Image 16 Description Clearance heap.
 Image 17 ID 6353
 Image 17 Description Isolated hut circle
 Image 18 ID 6354
 Image 18 Description Possible ring cairn
 Image 19 ID 6355
 Image 19 Description Round house platform with later mining delves.
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