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

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 *****SWAAG_ID***** 1006
 Date Entered 04/07/2017
 Updated on 04/07/2017
 Recorded by Tim Laurie
 Category Burnt Mound
 Record Type Archaeology
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 Site Type 
 Site Name 
 Site Description 
 Site Access Public Access Land
 Record Date 30/06/2017
 Location Haw Beck Springs
 Civil Parish Thoralby
 Brit. National Grid SD 97571 87069
 Altitude 330m AOD
 Geology Springs rising below the Underset Limestone
 Record Name Haw Beck Springs revisited from Flout Moor Lane. Two large burnt mounds, a nearby settlement and an unusual glacial erratic
 Record Description Two very large burnt mounds are located on two of the three springs which form the source of Haw Beck. These large burnt mounds have been previously recorded as SWAAG Record No 63 and are described here again with the objective of emphasizing the their significance within the landscape of the Aysgarth Henge. These burnt mounds are located close to the top of Flout Moor Lane some 700m to the west of Castle Dykes Henge. Both Henge and the Burnt Mounds are inter-visible. As I have described elsewhere, (Laurie, 2003), the most constant springs were the focus for early human transhumant (seasonal) settlement activity on the NE Pennine Fringe. Evidence for settlement contemporary with the burnt mounds exists in the form of a large settlement platform and one small hut platform cut into the hill slope on the northern side of Flout Moor Lane, see surveyed location plan image 8 below. Reference: Laurie, T.C. 2003. 'Researching the Prehistory of Wensleydale, Swaledale and Teesdale.' in T.G.Manby et al.'The Archaeology of Yorkshire -An assessment at the end of the 21st century.'Yorkshire Archaeological Society Occasional Paper No 3. pp223-253.
 Dimensions See photos
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 Common / Notable Species 
 Tree and / or Stem Girth 
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 Tree Site ID 0
 Associated Site SWAAG ID 0
 Additional Notes This return visit noted the existence of a very large and unusual glacial erratic limestone slab, see Image 5 below, located close to the springs and the burnt mounds. This fine limestone erratic has been deeply weathered by millennia of exposure to the elements. The presence of this deeply grooved rock must have enhanced the spring rise location.
 Image 1 ID 7404         Click image to enlarge
 Image 1 Description Flout Moor Lane. The approach to the Castle Dykes Henge and to the two burnt mounds at Haw Beck Springs
 Image 2 ID 7406         Click image to enlarge
 Image 2 Description Small, stone slab roofed hog house seen close to the Lane. The roof slabs are similar to those seen during a SWAAG Walk at Carperby Quarry.
 Image 3 ID 7407         Click image to enlarge
 Image 3 Description One of the two burnt mounds at Haw Beck Springs
 Image 4 ID 7408         Click image to enlarge
 Image 4 Description View eastward from the burnt mounds
 Image 5 ID 7410         Click image to enlarge
 Image 5 Description The heavily weathered limestone erratic located close to the burnt mounds and spring rise.
 Image 6 ID 253         Click image to enlarge
 Image 6 Description Early photograph of one of the burnt mounds at Haw Beck Springs
 Image 7 ID 1759         Click image to enlarge
 Image 7 Description Early photograph of one of the burnt mounds at Haw Beck Springs
 Image 8 ID 1755         Click image to enlarge
 Image 8 Description Location plan. Haw Beck Springs.
 Image 9 ID 1756         Click image to enlarge
 Image 9 Description Plane table survey of the two burnt mounds
 Image 10 ID 1757         Click image to enlarge
 Image 10 Description Castle Dykes Henge in winter
 Image 11 ID 1758
 Image 11 Description Aerial photo of the Castle Dykes Henge. (A.P. Keith St Joseph)
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