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Period: Mediaeval

NGR Easting: 224580

NGR Northing: 467096

Description: Medieval defended promontory. This substantial, well-defended Iron Age promontory fort was reoccupied duriing the Norse era, when a rectangular building 12.5m by 5m was constructed. A narrow stone bench against the south wall would have served for sitting and sleeping.

No evidence of a hearth was found, implying that the structure was not permanently occupied. The limited evidence for domestic use, coupled with the lack of a hearth, has led to the suggestion that the building formed part of a 'watch and ward' system of coastal defence (which continued until at least the early 17th century), or may have policed a coastal beach market.

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Site & Monument Type: longhouse

Category: National Monuments Record: Statutory Ancient Monuments

Site ID number: 1062.30

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