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MONUMENT NO. 1352792

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Extensive and well-preserved tracts of lynchets and cultivation terraces on the W, N and E slopes of Ring Chesters hill. The largest stand up to 1.8m high, but most are much slighter. Aerial photographs and field survey demonstrate the regularity in their spacing and layout. The agricultural remains are almost certainly prehistoric in origin, since they predate presumed Romano-British settlements (such as NT 82 NE 23), but no conclusive link with the Iron Age hillfort on the summit (NT 82 NE 24) can be recognised. In places, the prehistoric earthworks are overlain by medieval ridge and furrow on the same alignment. Where the ridges become lynchets, it is often difficult to disentangle the two phases with confidence; therefore, this record covers both phases.

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