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Archaeology Notes

Event ID 732526

Category Descriptive Accounts

Type Archaeology Notes

Permalink http://canmore.org.uk/event/732526

NY38NW 9 33830 88160

Location formerly entered as NY 3383 8816.

NY 338 881 (R W Feachem 1956). The fort on Little Hill in Eskdale could well prove to be the largest unit in that valley. It perimeter follows the contour of the hill-top on which it is situated; there are eleven visible hut platforms and habitable space would allow for the prescence of another half dozen or so at the most.

G Jobey 1971

NY 3383 8816. A fort situated on the top of an isolated (though overlooked) hillock at 183m OD. The summit area, approximately 110m by up to 60m, is defended by steep, natural slopes on all but the south side where three stump banks and their associated ditches cut off a line of easy approach along a narrow ridge of high ground. The occupation area is undulating, so at least eight of the stances have been scooped into the slopes. Other levelled areas probably indicate the sites of more huts. The entrance with its steep approach path is on the west side. Two small quarries have been cut into the eastern slopes of the fort.

Surveyed at 1/2500.

Visited by OS (MJF) 1 October 1979

Fort, Little Hill: A pear-shaped fort, measuring about 110 m by 60 m within its rampart, occupies the steep-sided summit of Little Hill. On the SW the rampart is spread up to 5m in thickness and is 0.7m high (with a possible outer defence comprising double banks with a medial ditch) but on the NE, NW an WSW it has been reduced to a stony scarp, and on the SE it is entirely absent; on the N there are small exposures of vitrified stone. There is an entrance on the W (and a possible second entrance on the E), and within the interior there are faint indications of at least ten timber house-sites.

RCAHMS 1981, visited December 1980.

This roughly pear-shaped fort, which has been subject to massive stone robbing and quarrying, occupies the summit of a steep-sided hog-back ridge on the S side of Eskdale. It measures internally about 121m from N to S by 60m transversely and, for the most part, the rampart is either not visible, as on the E, or it has been reduced to a simple outer-facing scarp, in which several outer facing-stones and a lump of vitrified rock (on the NW) are visible. Only at the S end does the rampart survive, as a bank up to 5m thick and 0.7m high, and here it is accompanied by two outer banks and a medial ditch which cut off access from the ridge to the S. There are entrances on the SW and N, each of which is served by an external trackway. Within the interior of the fort there are the remains of at least sixteen round-house stances measuring up to 7m in diameter.

Visited by RCAHMS (JRS, ARW), 13 August 1992.

Listed as fort.

RCAHMS 1997.

Scheduled as 'Little Hill, fort...'

Information from Historic Scotland, scheduling document dated 16 March 2010.

Little Hill

Fort [NAT]

OS (GIS) MasterMap, April 2010.

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