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

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 *****SWAAG_ID***** 460
 Date Entered 20/02/2012
 Updated on 20/02/2012
 Recorded by Tim Laurie
 Category Burnt Mound
 Record Type Archaeology
 SWAAG Site Name 
 Site Type 
 Site Name 
 Site Description 
 Site Access Private
 Record Date 19/02/2012
 Location Muker Side
 Civil Parish Muker
 Brit. National Grid SD 90285 97376
 Altitude 363m
 Geology Drift over Middle Limestone
 Record Name Muker Side. Two burnt mounds in marsh north of High Loaning.
 Record Description Two burnt mounds in marsh. The first of these burnt mounds is clearly visible from the Lane as a prominent turf covered mound in rushy wet ground some 10m * 6m and .75m high above present marshy ground surface. It is of the characteristic double hump form so characteristic of burnt mounds, with visible burnt stone. Slightly reduced by quarrying but generally undisturbed. The location of the central trough is marked by rushes. The second burnt mound is just 20m to the east of site one. This site is some 6m*3m and is probably buried below marsh. Site Two is today only visible as a very low mound, by vegetation change and by the presence of much burnt stone in molehills.
 Dimensions Site 1: 10m*6m. Site 2:6m*3m and see photographs
 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 These two burnt mounds are the most westerly burnt mounds of the total of 63No Burnt Mounds recorded to date in the catchment of the Swale. These two sites extends the range of the seasonal transhumant pastoralist communities who are belived to have used these enigmatic sites which are best described as prehistoric saunas. Excavated sites in the NE Pennines have been C14 dated to the period 2400-1400BC, see Laurie 2003.
 Image 1 ID 2285         Click image to enlarge
 Image 1 Description Site1
 Image 2 ID 2286         Click image to enlarge
 Image 2 Description Site 2 in foreground, Site 2 in mid distance.
 Image 3 ID 2287         Click image to enlarge
 Image 3 Description Site 2 in foreground, Site 2 in mid distance.
 Image 4 ID 2288         Click image to enlarge
 Image 4 Description Site 1
 Image 5 ID 2289         Click image to enlarge
 Image 5 Description Burnt stone fragments, Site 1.
 Image 6 ID 2291         Click image to enlarge
 Image 6 Description Site 1. View towards High Loaning.
 Image 7 ID 2290         Click image to enlarge
 Image 7 Description The marsh and burnt mound sitesas first recognised from High Loaning.
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