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

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 *****SWAAG_ID***** 542
 Date Entered 04/06/2012
 Updated on 04/06/2012
 Recorded by Tim Laurie
 Category Settlement
 Record Type Archaeology
 Site Access Private
 Record Date 01/01/2005
 Location Arkengarthdale
 Civil Parish Arkengarthdale
 Brit. National Grid Hidden
 Geology Fluvio glacial deposits on lower dale side.
 Record Name Curvilinear stone walled settlement above Arkle Beck.
 Record Description Curvilinear enclosed stone walled farmstead settlement of Late Iron Age or Native Roman character. This settlement has been much quarried for stone and is overlain by a dry stone walled field wall. Nevertheles this settlement is well preserved and the extensive remains of very many internal structures are visible. Several circular house foundations point to Romano British occupation in its final abandonment phase. Settlements as this example have been proved elsewhere(Note 1) to be of many different episodes of occupation. The coaxial or strip field system in the adjacent pasture may be associated with this settlement. Note 1. This settlenent should in the first instance be compared with the two settlenents at Force Garth pasturein Upper Teesdale dated to the mid-1st and mid-2nd centuries AD (Cogggins, D. and Fairless, K. 1980. Trans. D&N5, 31-8) and to the unexcavated settlement at East Mellwaters Farm, Bowes (Laurie, T.C. 1984. Durham Arch. Journal 1, pp35-39).
 Dimensions See photographs
 Additional Notes This settlement was identified many years ago and photographed from higher ground and has not yet been surveyed. The field system is crossed by a public right of way.
 Image 1 ID 3068         Click image to enlarge
 Image 1 Description Settlement viewed from the north
 Image 2 ID 3069         Click image to enlarge
 Image 2 Description Settlement viewed from the north.
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