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Stone hut circle, 950m north-west of Colwell

A Scheduled Monument in Chollerton, Northumberland

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.0797 / 55°4'46"N

Longitude: -2.0898 / 2°5'23"W

OS Eastings: 394363.92344

OS Northings: 576140.753208

OS Grid: NY943761

Mapcode National: GBR F9VP.CW

Mapcode Global: WHB1S.WL16

Entry Name: Stone hut circle, 950m north-west of Colwell

Scheduled Date: 28 March 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1011410

English Heritage Legacy ID: 20940

County: Northumberland

Civil Parish: Chollerton

Traditional County: Northumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northumberland

Church of England Parish: Chollerton St Giles

Church of England Diocese: Newcastle

Details

The monument includes a stone hut circle of Bronze Age date, situated in a
sheltered position at the foot of Green Crags. The hut circle is visible as
the roughly circular foundations of a building, comprising a bank 1.6m wide
and 0.4m high, composed of large stones set on end. The interior of the
building measures 4m in diameter. It is not obvious where the original
entrance was but this is normally found in the south-eastern corner.

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Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

Stone hut circles and hut circle settlements were the dwelling places of
prehistoric farmers. Most date from the Bronze Age (c.2000-700 BC). The stone-
based round-houses consist of low walls or banks enclosing a circular floor
area; the remains of the turf, thatch or heather roofs are not preserved. The
huts may occur singly or in small or large groups and may lie in the open or
be enclosed by a bank of earth or stone. Frequently traces of their associated
field systems may be found immediately around them. These may be indicated by
areas of clearance cairns and/or the remains of field walls and other
enclosures. The longevity of use of hut circle settlements and their
relationship with other monument types provides important information on the
diversity of social organisation and farming practices amongst prehistoric
communities. They are particularly representative of their period and a
substantial proportion of surviving examples are considered worthy of
protection.

The hut circle below Green Crags is well preserved. It lies close to other
contemporary settlements and will contribute to an understanding of the
settlement pattern of this area in the late prehistoric period.

Source: Historic England

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