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

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 *****SWAAG_ID***** 675
 Date Entered 13/01/2013
 Updated on 14/01/2013
 Recorded by Tim Laurie
 Category Burnt Mound
 Record Type Archaeology
 Site Access Public Footpath
 Record Date 12/01/2013
 Location Straw Beck Spring
 Civil Parish Muker
 Brit. National Grid SD 9035 9774
 Altitude 270m
 Geology Spring Rise below the Hardraw Scar Limestone.
 Record Name Two Burnt Mounds (one definite, one probable) at Straw Beck Spring.
 Record Description large burnt mound visible today as a prominent turf covered mound measuring 9.5m*8.5m and 1.25m high overall. This burnt mound is located on the eastern bank of a stream just 20m below the spring which rises from below a low cliff exposure of the Hardraw Scar Limestone, see photos. This burnt mound has probably been reduced in size by stream erosion, or by quarrying for an adjacent track. Several fragments of burnt and fire cracked stone found in molehills on this mound. A second smaller mound is located directly opposite, on the western bank which is likely to be a burnt mound on grounds of its similar general appearance, however no burnt stone has been found to confirm this smaller mound.
 Additional Notes This burnt mound is one of very few such sites located on the lower dale slopes close to the River Swale. The nearest burnt mounds to this are located at around 360m elevation close to Three Loaning End (see SWAAG Record Nos and ).
 Image 1 ID 3942         Click image to enlarge
 Image 1 Description The burnt mound photographed from the east.
 Image 2 ID 3943         Click image to enlarge
 Image 2 Description The burnt mound photographed from the south. Kisdon in distance.
 Image 3 ID 3944         Click image to enlarge
 Image 3 Description Burnt and fire fractured stone from molehills.
 Image 4 ID 3945         Click image to enlarge
 Image 4 Description View from burnt mound towards the spring rise at base of cliff above modern wall
 Image 5 ID 3946         Click image to enlarge
 Image 5 Description View from burnt mound towards the spring rise at base of cliff above modern wall
 Image 6 ID 3947         Click image to enlarge
 Image 6 Description The spring stream. Crossed by trackway.
 Image 7 ID 3948         Click image to enlarge
 Image 7 Description Probable mound, nearer and definite mound, further. The stream runs between both these mounds.
 Image 8 ID 3954         Click image to enlarge
 Image 8 Description The burnt mound seen from nearby ruined limekiln.
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