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

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 *****SWAAG_ID***** 637
 Date Entered 06/11/2012
 Updated on 06/11/2012
 Recorded by Tim Laurie
 Category Settlement
 Record Type Archaeology
 Site Access Public Footpath
 Record Date 04/11/2012
 Location Upper Teesdale. Bracken Rigg
 Civil Parish Forest and Frith
 Brit. National Grid NY 882 282
 Altitude 381m
 Geology Morainic ridge.
 Record Name Unenclosed round house settlement at Bracken Rigg, Upper Teesdale and the dating of unenclosed settlements in Swaledale.
 Record Description This settlement consists of an 8m diameter round house within two small paddock like fields located on the summit of a morainic ridge on the southern side of the River Tees and has been radiocarbon dated to the Middle Bronze Age (Coggins and Fairless, 1984.) This settlement is probably the closest dated analogue and reference for the rather few unenclosed round house settlements located in Swaledale and on the Swale-Tees/Greta Uplands. Some settlements which can be considered as of similar morphology and date as that at Bracken Rigg are listed below: 1. Three Settlements on Fremington Edge. Site 1. the Radio Mast Site. See site Plan TCL Survey unpublished. Image no 7 below. More to follow.
 Image 1 ID 3642         Click image to enlarge
 Image 1 Description Bracken Rig from pasture Foot, in mid distance. The settlement is on the summit.
 Image 2 ID 3643         Click image to enlarge
 Image 2 Description The round house.
 Image 3 ID 3644         Click image to enlarge
 Image 3 Description The round house.
 Image 4 ID 3646         Click image to enlarge
 Image 4 Description Site Plan. Coggins and Fairless 1984.The Bronze Age Settlement Site of Bracken Rigg. Upper Teesdale. The Durham Archaeologicale Journal 1. pp5-21. Figure 2
 Image 5 ID 3647         Click image to enlarge
 Image 5 Description The round house after excavation. Coggins and Fairless 1984. Figure 3
 Image 6 ID 3648         Click image to enlarge
 Image 6 Description Lithic finds from the round house excavations, some possibly residual.
 Image 7 ID 3649         Click image to enlarge
 Image 7 Description Unenclosed settlement on Fremington Edge, Swaledale. Site plan for comparative purposes.
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