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Tim Laurie FSA

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 *****SWAAG_ID***** 119
 Date Entered 06/02/2011
 Updated on 06/02/2011
 Recorded by Tim Laurie
 Category Settlement
 Record Type Archaeology
 Site Access Public Footpath
 Record Date 06/02/2011
 Civil Parish Grinton
 Brit. National Grid SE 03756 98445
 Altitude 192m
 Geology Drift over Hardraw Scar Limestone
 Record Name Scooped curvilinear enclosed settlement and field system, west of Swale Hall.
 Record Description Curvilinear (Sub-circular) stone walled enclosed homestead settlement comprising deeply scooped, levelled platform approximately 30m diameter internally with rear scarp and front apron, originally stone revetted-now largely quarried of stone, recessed into the north facing hillslope. Four visible stone founded round houses within. Located at the corner of a modern stone walled pasture and overlain by a farm access track. This homestead is within a low stone banked and deeply lynchetted field boundary system which is probably contemporary. Site B on Harkerside Inter-dike zone Interim Sketch Plan. Swaledale Ancient Land Boundaries Interim Report 199*, Figs.1 and 2.
 Dimensions 30m diameter overall.
 Additional Notes Stone built, curvilinear scooped platform settlements preceded by timber built Phases have been shown to have been occupied from the Prehistoric Iron Age through the period of Roman Occupation, throughout the Uplands of Northern Britain.(see Burgess, Jobey, Coggins and Fairless, RCHME Westmoreland, Laurie). This site is very similar to Swale Hall Settlement Site A which is located 250m east, below the sheepfold adjacent to Swale Hall and is also comparable to the scooped settlement in pasture east of Harkerside Place, (Gri 44. 3090). . References: Burgess, C.B. 1970, Trans D&N2, 1-26. Coggins, D and Fairless K.J. 1980. Trans. D & N 5,31-8 Jobey, G. Arch. Aeliana 4th Series 38,1960,1-38; 39,1961, 87-102; 40,1962,47-58; 41,1963, 19-35and 211-215; 42,1964,41-64. Laurie, T.C. 1986.An enclosed settlement near East Mellwaters Farm, Bowes, Co Durham. Durham Arch. J. Vol. 1, 35-39. For discussion on the timber/stone succession in the north, see Jobey,G Arch. Aeliana 5,1, 1973,55-79; Burgess, C. in Burgess,C and Miket (eds), Between and Beyond the Walls, 1984,164-73
 Image 1 ID 261         Click image to enlarge
 Image 1 Description Settlement west of Swale Hall.
 Image 2 ID 262         Click image to enlarge
 Image 2 Description Settlement complex west of Swale Hall. Linear earthwork slights settlements and field system of Romano British character.
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