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Registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation Number 1155775
SWAAG Honorary President:
Tim Laurie FSA

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 *****SWAAG_ID***** 828
 Date Entered 09/08/2014
 Updated on 10/08/2014
 Recorded by Tim Laurie
 Category Coaxial Field Systems
 Record Type Archaeology
 Site Access Public Access Land
 Record Date 04/08/2014
 Location Vale of Eden. Murton C.P. High Cup Gill, Middle Tongue and Turndale.
 Civil Parish Not known
 Brit. National Grid NY 7279 2378
 Altitude 345m
 Geology Drift covered ridge or col below Middle Tongue Scar formed from the Main Limestone, between the two spectacular glaciated valleys of High Cup Gill and Trundale.
 Record Name Middle Tongue. Coaxial field system with associated clearance cairns and burial cairn.
 Record Description This record will detail an extensive but isolated coaxial field system which covers the whole of the col between High Cup Gill and Turndale, below Middle Tongue Crag together with approximately 12 recognisable small stone clearance cairns and one larger cairn located at a view point which is most probably a burial cairn. The coaxial field boundaries and the clearance cairns on the Col have been heavily reduced by recent quarrying for stone walling but the basal stone remain and the stone banks are recognisable. However the field banks extend down slope from the Col to Turndale Beck and are clearly visible on the path which follows the Turndale Beck, see photo image nos X-Z This coaxial field system is visible on Google Earth and a possible small enclosed round house settlement has been recognised on the col within the field system but a further visit is required to confirm this and to prepare a sketch plan of the whole complex.
 Dimensions See photgraphs
 Additional Notes The significance of this high level settlement and field system lies in the fact that it is isolated and probably represents a single upland Bronze Age Farmstead uncomplicated by later re-occupation. A further visit will be made to prepare a sketch survey of the archaeological remains here.
 Image 1 ID 5740         Click image to enlarge
 Image 1 Description Middle Tongue from Harbour Flatt Farm.
 Image 2 ID 5741         Click image to enlarge
 Image 2 Description Middle Tongue. The prehistoric settlement and coaxial field system complex is on the high ridge between High Cup Gill and Trundale.
 Image 3 ID 5742         Click image to enlarge
 Image 3 Description Coaxial field system is located on south facing slope of Trundale and on both sides the ridge below Middle Tongue Crag.
 Image 4 ID 5743         Click image to enlarge
 Image 4 Description Coaxial field system above Trundale Beck. The uppermost of the parallel fields.
 Image 5 ID 5744         Click image to enlarge
 Image 5 Description Coaxial field system above Trundale Beck, detail of the parallel fields.
 Image 6 ID 5745         Click image to enlarge
 Image 6 Description The round cairn and view across the Eden Valley.
 Image 7 ID 5746         Click image to enlarge
 Image 7 Description The round cairn and view up to Trundale. The cairn is close to a track and has been quarried for stone on one side but is otherwise undisturbed.
 Image 8 ID 5747         Click image to enlarge
 Image 8 Description View from the burial mound is uninterrupted westward to the Lake District.
 Image 9 ID 5748         Click image to enlarge
 Image 9 Description View down to the coaxial field system on the Col between Trundale and High Cup Gill.
 Image 10 ID 5749         Click image to enlarge
 Image 10 Description The coaxial field system extends across the ridge or col below Middle Tongue Crag.
 Image 11 ID 5750
 Image 11 Description Small undisturbed cairn, most have been reduced by stone quarrying.
 Image 12 ID 5751
 Image 12 Description Small cairn heavily reduced by quarrying.
 Image 13 ID 5752
 Image 13 Description Coaxial boundary heavily reduced by stone quarrying
 Image 14 ID 5753
 Image 14 Description Coaxial boundary heavily reduced by stone quarrying
 Image 15 ID 5754
 Image 15 Description Coaxial boundary heavily reduced by stone quarrying
 Image 16 ID 5755
 Image 16 Description Coaxial boundary heavily reduced by stone quarrying
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