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Archaeology Notes

Event ID 871236

Category Descriptive Accounts

Type Archaeology Notes


NT86NE 12 8988 6868

(NT 8988 6868) Fort and Settlement (NR)

OS 1:10,000 map, (1976).

For nearby discovery of long cist, see NT86NE 16.

This fort occupies a rocky knoll (160m OD) overlooking Coldingham Loch. D-shaped on plan (qv), it measures about 49m by 36m internally and is defended by a wall and two ramparts on all sides except the NNW, where there is a steep slope. The defences have been mutilated by the insertion of at least six stone-walled houses, a house platform, and a number of scoops which may be small quarries. This is an example of the open settlements which grew up at disused forts in the second and succeeding centuries AD (R W Feachem 1963).

RCAHMS 1915, visited 1908; RCAHMS 1980, visited 1979.

When seen in 1966, this fort and settlement were in a similar condition to that described above.

Surveyed at 1:2500.

Visited by OS (RD) 11 March 1966.

Scheduled as 'Coldingham Loch, fort and settlement 530m S of Biter's Craig...'

Information from Historic Scotland, scheduling document dated 5 March 2009.

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