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Iron Age home unearthed in Northumberland
by Tony Henderson, The Journal
OPENCAST operations have revealed the remains of at least 50 Iron Age homes in Northumberland.
The remnants of the roundhouses, in a two-hectare area enclosed by a ditch and bank, have been found at Banks Mining’s Delhi surface mine on the Blagdon Estate near Seaton Burn.
It is one of the biggest settlements ever excavated by archaeologists in a single operation in the North East.
The job by Tyne and Wear Museums Archaeology took five months.
It backs the growing realisation that Iron Age populations in the region were not confined to the hillforts of the uplands.
It appears that communities were also spread quite densely in the lowlands.
In the past few years other Iron Age settlements have emerged during development at Newcastle Great Park and also at another Banks site at Pegswood in Northumberland.