Features at Under the Uplands

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Basic Information

  • Enclosure 08


  • Context: UTU_4001
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    • Victoria Camp
    • Hugh Fiske
    • 18-8-2016


    • Prominent bank with occasional large stones visible (c. 0.8x0.4m max), apparently truncated by quarrying on E side. Butted externally by Enclosure 10, and internally by Enclosure 11 and irregular stone bank which creates the subdivision between Enclosures 08 and 09. 384334.57E - 464999.46N - 471.09M This was allocated E08 in Martlew R. 2007. Langcliffe Scar Local Nature Reserve. Archaeological Survey. Yorkshire Dales Landscape Research Trust.
      • Hugh Fiske
    • 18-8-2016

Dating Narrative

    • This enclosure is one of 20 enclosures that vary in size and shape from square and rectangular to sub square and sub rectangular and were investigated by an aerial and topographic survey by Roger Martlew in 2007. They are part of a landscape that is assigned to be general Iron Age/Romano British, although there might also have been earlier phases of use of the area. Besides several linear banks, the enclosures are ‘by far the most extensive remains in the holding’ and have probably been constructed for habitation or stock control. In fact, Victoria Camp ‘may be part of a wider area of linear banks and enclosures’. However, the exact chronology and character of associations is difficult to assess. The enclosures consist of ‘free-standing features as well as banks’, creating different kinds of formations. Some of the smaller enclosures surround possible hut circles, while others are set along natural features. The ‘underlying soil consists of deep accumulations and shallow deposits which support the overlying vegetation consisting of Tufted Hair Grass’ and most of the features neither contain large stones and, nor exceed a height of 0.5m. Together with two adjacent enclosures (E09 & E11), this enclosure might be evidence for mineral working in the Northern Field, as the ‘main enclosure appears to surround an area of broken bedrock suggesting quarrying’ (Martlew, R. D. 2007. Langcliffe Scar Local Nature Reserve Archaeological Survey 2007. Yorkshire Dales Landscape Research Trust).
      • Johanna Ungemach
    • 29-9-2016