Middle Gunnar Peak, Northumberland

 

A stone-built enclosed settlement dating from the first to the last second century AD.


One large stone round-house occupied the enclosure in the late first or early second century. It was replaced by up to five smaller stone-built round-houses by the middle of the second century, with a possible expansion of a further five houses outside the enclosure. It was perhaps abandoned by the third century.


The site produced only 11 stratified sherds of Local Traditional ware, but 85 sherds of Roman pottery. This mainly consisted of cooking pots and jars, but there was a samian bowl, four drinking beakers, two mortaria for preparing food and sherds from an amphora. As elsewhere, the preference is for cooking pots and not for open bowls. There were only three rims in Local Traditional ware, two of which were associated with the original round-house. One is a bowl with a highly curved wall, while not enough of the second vessel survives to be able to identify it as a second bowl or as a small example of a barrel-shaped vessel.