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

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 *****SWAAG_ID***** 591
 Date Entered 12/08/2012
 Updated on 13/08/2012
 Recorded by Tim Laurie
 Category Earthworks
 Record Type Archaeology
 SWAAG Site Name 
 Site Type 
 Site Name 
 Site Description 
 Site Access Public Access Land
 Record Date 07/08/2012
 Location Grinton, Harkerside Moor. High Harker Hill, Long Scar and Grove Beck
 Civil Parish Grinton
 Brit. National Grid SE 028 975
 Altitude 415m
 Geology The Main Limestone. Long Scar appears to be a fault scar with overturned vertical limestone strata visible in scree below the cliff. (Inf. John Russell).
 Record Name The GrintonFremington Linear Dike System, Part One: Linear earthwork at High Harker Hill centred on Long Scar and Grove Beck Head.
 Record Description This record is a photographic description of the linear earthwork which has been the subject of recent excavation by SWAAG under supervision from ASDU at a storm washout section SE of Grove Beck. See excavation images.

This linear earthwork incorporates the limestone cliff of Long Scar to extend for a total distance of 750m NE from Grove Beck. Immediately north east of Grove Beck, as far as Long Scar, the earthwork comprises an infilled main ditch which may have been quarried into the limestone rock, berm and only slight traces of a stone bank. The earthwork continues from the NE end of Long Scar and here the earthwork is topped by a very substantial limestone bank with visible facing stone, see photo, which may indicate the presence of a faced rampart wall here. As with the excavated washout section this upper banks was formed from material excavated from a rear ditch. This upper bank/rampart which was carried round the end of the ditch terminus at SE028975 some 750m NE of Grove Beck, see photos, signifying that the earthwork was indeed completed and not left incomplete as may be otherwise considered.

South east of Grove Beck, the earthwork extends only for a distance of 200m to the unnamed sike at SE . Here the Dike, as excavated, consists of a shallow round bottomed ditch,remains of a counterscarp bank , berm and an upper bank formed from material excavated from an upper ditch which has a very similar round based profile and similar fill to the main ditch. SE of Grove Beck the Dike has been cut through by a very active storm water washout (the excavation site) and by several old inactive washouts.
 Dimensions Total length of this Dike, including Long Scar, is 950m
 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 It is intended to provide a similar record of each of the remaining Dike Sections which together form the Grinton-Fremington Dike System.
 Image 1 ID 3244         Click image to enlarge
 Image 1 Description The linear earthwork north of Long Scar. View down towards Reeth.
 Image 2 ID 3237         Click image to enlarge
 Image 2 Description Long Scar with the linear earthwork visible from Grove Beck Mine.
 Image 3 ID 3238         Click image to enlarge
 Image 3 Description The earthwork running down towards Grove Beck from Long Scar.
 Image 4 ID 3239         Click image to enlarge
 Image 4 Description The linear earthwork rising towards Long Scar. NE of Grove Beck.
 Image 5 ID 3240         Click image to enlarge
 Image 5 Description Long Scar, view down to Low Harker Hill
 Image 6 ID 3242         Click image to enlarge
 Image 6 Description Common Rock-Rose. The last flowers this year. Helianthemum nummularium dominant in turf above Long Scar.
 Image 7 ID 3243         Click image to enlarge
 Image 7 Description Prominant stone bank with visible facing course above the linear earthwork north of Long Scar
 Image 8 ID 3244         Click image to enlarge
 Image 8 Description Prominant stone bank with visible facing course above the linear earthwork north of Long Scar
 Image 9 ID 3245         Click image to enlarge
 Image 9 Description Stone bank above the ditch approaching the terminus on High Harker Hill
 Image 10 ID 3236         Click image to enlarge
 Image 10 Description The road to Grove Beck Mine, Lond Scar and the earthwork visible in distance.
 Image 11 ID 3246
 Image 11 Description The earthwork approaches its terminus on High Harker Hill
 Image 12 ID 3247
 Image 12 Description The terminus of the linear earthwork on High Harker Hill
 Image 13 ID 3248
 Image 13 Description he substantial stone bank and ditch viewed from the terminus.
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