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

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 *****SWAAG_ID***** 897
 Date Entered 09/10/2015
 Updated on 09/10/2015
 Recorded by Tim Laurie
 Category Stone structure
 Record Type Archaeology
 Site Access Public Access Land
 Record Date 03/10/2015
 Location Faggergill Moor
 Civil Parish Arkengarthdale
 Brit. National Grid NY 9915 0778
 Altitude 470m
 Geology Thin drift on Namurian Sandstone above the Little Limestone
 Record Name Cluster of sunken stone lined huts interpreted as a high moorland refuge.
 Record Description This unusual earthwork comprises a number of sub-circular excavations several with fragments of stone lined walling, now completely collapsed or quarried out together with interconnecting passage ways which, together are here provisionally interpreted as a clover leaf- on- plan group of sunken huts which were probably roofed with turf or heather thatch as refuges on the line of a natural high level pack horse trackway on the interfluve above the southern edge of Teesdale or through Faggergill to Bowes and the Stainmore Pass now the line of the A66. The small diameter of the individual 'huts' being determined by the small section timber rafter supports available from any stunted trees present in the area.
 Dimensions Some 30m overall
 Additional Notes The above interpretation must be regarded as provisional as the site could just be a quarry site. However close examination suggests that this is a purpose made group of simple stone huts each recessed into the ground for shelter. There are rather better preserved examples of similar sites at similar localities elsewhere in the Pennines, with well built corbelled circular huts recessed below ground and being close to exposures of good building stone, are often to a large or lesser extent quarried out.
 Image 1 ID 6480         Click image to enlarge
 Image 1 Description Faggergill Moor seen from below and from the south
 Image 2 ID 6481         Click image to enlarge
 Image 2 Description At first sight the site is a mass of quarried stone.
 Image 3 ID 6482         Click image to enlarge
 Image 3 Description The existence of structures is indicated by long passage ways leading to sunken circular areas.
 Image 4 ID 6483         Click image to enlarge
 Image 4 Description Curving passage
 Image 5 ID 6484         Click image to enlarge
 Image 5 Description Possible recessed hut
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