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Danby Rigg



A little more meat to add to the bones.
The settlement marked on the OS map is a large stone banked circle with a raised bank and ditch. It would have been the foundation for a very large 'hut'*. It is stone walled with a definite entrance marked by large stones.
Nearby are other smaller earthworks that could be the remains of hut circles. And the site is defended by large double ditches to the south.
The cairn circle is the prize site
It is 12m in diameter and contains one large standing stone.
One thing I have never noticed about the Rigg before is that the peaks of both Freebrough hill (to the north) and Roseberry Topping ( to the west) are visible poking up over the surrounding moors. The site is overlooked by the areas main mother and father hills.
I'm sure this wasn't lost on our ancestors.

*19th September 2004
According to Harding & Ostoja-Zagorski's 1994 report, this is a Ring Cairn
fitzcoraldo Posted by fitzcoraldo
8th September 2002ce
Edited 19th September 2004ce

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