Defended settlement, 400m south west of South Farm, Houghton

  • Description

    "The defended settlement at South Farm, Houghton, is reasonably well preserved and retains significant archaeological deposits. There are few Iron Age enclosures in the Tyne valley and this is a valuable example of its type. Taken with the other examples it will add greatly to any study of the wider settlement pattern at this time. The monument includes a defended settlement of Iron Age date on gently sloping ground set a short distance back from a rocky ridge which commands extensive views across the valley of the River Tyne. The enclosure, oval in shape, measures 104m east to west by 74m north to south within a ditch varying between 7m to 8m wide and up to 1.3m deep. The ditch is infilled with silt for much of its circuit and is most prominent on the northern side. Within the ditch there are traces of an inner rampart of stone and earth..."
  • Owner

    Historic England
  • Source

    Local (Co-Curate)
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  • Further information

    Resource type: Text/Website
    Added by: Simon Cotterill
    Last modified: 2 years, 11 months ago
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