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Tynemouth Priory, Early Iron Age timber-built settlement





Hut Circle Settlement


Iron Age


The settlement is represented by the excavated remains of a single timber-built house, thirty-eight feet in internal diameter. Its solid outside wall of close set uprights had been supported in a trench, up to eighteen inches wide and the same in depth, dug into the rock or sand. The doorway lay in the south where the wall-trench terminated on the east side in a large post-hole. Intermittent and shallow post-holes, concentrically placed at a distance of two feet beyond the wall-trench, are interpreted as supports for eaves-posts, giving the house an overall diameter of forty-six feet. There were no clear occupation remains associated with the house, but some Roman pottery was recovered from above the wall-trench, suggesting that the house had fallen into disuse before the late 2nd century A.D. Native pottery of pre-Roman or Roman Iron Age date was found widely scattered about the site. SCHEDULED ANCIENT MONUMENT




<< HER 118 >> G. Jobey, 1967, Excavation at Tynemouth Priory and Castle, Archaeologia Aeliana, 4, XLV, pp. 33-104 R. Miket, 1984, The Prehistory of Tyne and Wear, p. 82, and fig. 26, no. 15

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