Jobey, G. and Tait, J. (1966). Excavations on palisaded settlements and cairnfields at Alnham, Northumberland. Archaeologia Aeliana Series 4. Vol 44, pp. 5-48. https://doi.org/10.5284/1060449. Cite this via datacite

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Excavations on palisaded settlements and cairnfields at Alnham, Northumberland
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Archaeologia Aeliana Series 4
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44
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5 - 48
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The visible pattern of early settlement to NW of Alnham includes two cairnfields, two palisaded enclosures, a multivallate hillfort and several settlements of the Roman period. Excavation of High Knowes A confirmed the existence of three circular timber buildings within a double palisade of 150 ft diameter. A fourth known building was left unexcavated. There were no finds, and the ring ditch of House I presents problems of interpretation. 100 yards away, High Knowes B is a double-palisaded enclosure containing sixteen round timber buildings; an overlying stone house yielded a few probable RB pottery fragments. Palisaded settlements probably predate the Roman occupation of the north by several generations at least; West Brandon, West Plean and Braidwood are the best parallels to this site. Cairnfield A, lying 300 yards from the palisaded settlements, has twenty-two simple stonebuilt cairns, nearly all robbed. One yielded a cremation with a bronze ring-headed pin intermediate between the Danes Graves example and Irish ones of 1st-2nd century AD. A second cairn, robbed, had originally contained an inhumation; fragments of a bellbeaker with everted collared rim and barbed-and-tanged arrowheads were found. A small hengiform enclosure produced a flint scraper, a fragment of jet ?cup, but no traces of a burial. In Cairnfield B a circular trench surrounded a robbed area which had contained two cremations in pits; flints and fragments of two urns were found. No BA settlement site relating to this cairnfield is yet known.
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George Jobey
J Tait
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1966
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30 May 2019