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Dun Torvaig (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork)


Dun Torvaig, a dun with outworks on a rocky knoll.
The dun, oval on plan measures externally 28.0m NW-SE by 18.0m transversely. The wall is 4.1m thick at the N side of the entrance which is in the W and is 1.4m wide. Except at the entrance the inner wall face is not evident, but the outer face can be traced for most of the periphery. Within the wall is a stabilising face which can also be traced for most of the periphery. Of two circular structures planned RCAHMS in the interior, the more westerly appears to be a ruinous recent structure, and the other is an amorphous scatter of stones with no structural details apparent, but possible fortuitous tumble.
The approach from the W has been blocked by two curving close-set walls of indeterminate thickness whose outer faces are well defined by blocks on edge. An entrance 1.2m wide in the SW is well defined by similar blocks.
Immediately outside the outwork in the N is a level platform, about 7.0m in diameter which although probably natural, would make an excellent hut stance.
Surveyed at 1/500.
RCAHMS 1928; Visited by OS (I S S) 11 October 1971.

Ellsnook (Round Barrow(s))

Transactions of the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire, Vol. LXXIII.

Describes Cist found in 1921.

"In August, 1921, a cist was excavated by Mr. Bosanquet and his son in the parish of Rock. The site is the plantation known as Heiferlaw Plantation on the old edition (Sheet 27, S.W.), and Ellsnook Wood on the new edition (Sheet 29, N.W.). In the cist was found a beaker. The cist was in the top of a mound, and it is thought that it is not the primary interment. The
mound is certainly partly artificial. Excavations are to be resumed this summer. (Mr. R. C. Bosanquet, Rock Moor, Alnwick)."

Bruan (Broch)

Royal Commission Site Entry

Nybster (Broch)

Royal Commission Site Entry

Elsay (Broch)

Royal Commission Site Entry

Caithness CWS site - with photos

Nybster (Broch)

Caithness CWS site - with photos

2nd BBC News report - human remains found

BBC News report

Yeavering Bell (Hillfort)

Google Books

George Tate's dig report - Vol 4, History of the Berwickshire Naturalists' Club, 1857.

Cartington (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art)

Keys To The Past

Broomwood Camp (Enclosure)

Google Books

'Memoir written during a survey of the eastern branch of the Watling street,' describing the site in 1864.

Keys To The Past

Scrog Hill (Round Barrow(s))

English Heritage Research News

Article on Dunstanburgh Castle has diagram showing pre-historic features nearby including Scrog Hill.

Yeavering Bell (Hillfort)

Northumberland National Park.

Information board showing access routes and giving an overview of this site.
Also a leaflet at

Wolfershiel (Hillfort)

Keys to the past entry

Tosson Burgh (Hillfort)

Keys to the past

Warkshaugh Farm (Barrow / Cairn Cemetery)

Google Books

Write up of the original dig with the plates in Transactions of the Natural History Society of Northumberland - Vol 1

Keys to the Past entry

Yearns Low (Round Barrow(s))

Revealing Cheshire's Past

Another page mentions the Roman reuse of the barrow.
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Based in Cheshire but spend a lot of time in Northumberland I've always been interested in things Iron Age and earlier.

I now have the time to combine this interest with walking and taking photos so I hope to add content where I can.

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