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Burrow Head (3851)

Current Priority
2
East
245530
North
534150
Site Type
Promontory Fort
Period
1st Mill BC/AD

As described. Grass covered. 60ft x 12ft x 10ft high main, curved, partly exposed rampart plus possible rear rampart, with a small depression (bowl) of land in between. There is also a possible third rampart, to the west of the other two ramparts.

Ramparts suffering from subsidence due to animal activity and illegal removal of material on W edge of rampart. Coastal erosion is occurring particularly on W and E cliff edges below ramparts and visitor paths here are aggravating situation.

Condition and current recommendations:

Condition
Poor
Action
Visit - assess condition of the site ;
Survey site - topographic and photographic survey

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Record NX43SE 1 on map 15 in Coastal Assessment Survey Solway North Coast, 1996

Other records:

NMRS
63134
SMR
MDG2772

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24th June, 2013 by nigeljoslin
Survey Information
User:
nigeljoslin
Date:
June 24, 2013
Tidal state:
mid
Site located?:
Yes
Condition Information
Proximity to coast edge:
11-50m
Coastally eroding?:
has eroded in the past
Is there a coastal defence?:
no
Other threats?:
stock erosion; vegetation growth; visitor erosion
Description:

As described. Grass covered. 60ft x 12ft x 10ft high main, curved, partly exposed rampart plus possible rear rampart, with a small depression (bowl) of land in between. There is also a possible third rampart, to the west of the other two ramparts.

Ramparts suffering from subsidence due to animal activity and illegal removal of material on W edge of rampart. Coastal erosion is occurring particularly on W and E cliff edges below ramparts and visitor paths here are aggravating situation.

Management Information
How visible are the remains? (above ground):
limited visibility (partial remains)
How visible are the remains? (in section):
not visible
How accessibile is the site?:
accessible on foot (footpath)
The site is:
don't know
Comments and recommendations
Recommendations:

Possibly expose ramparts with an archeological dig and then consider what action to implement. (?)

If not, fence off the whole area from cattle and the footpath.

Photos

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3851 - Site by nigeljoslin
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381 - Rampart by nigeljoslin
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3851 - Rampart Base by nigeljoslin
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3851 - rear depression. by nigeljoslin