Monument record MYO4340 - Iron Age Settlement


The site is located on the east facing slope of a small hill which runs north-south through the site and which plateaus to the west, beneath the present York bypass. It may have been a permanent settlement.


Grid reference Centred SE 5649 4917 (125m by 191m)
Map sheet SE54NE
Unitary Authority City of York, North Yorkshire


Type and Period (1)

Full Description

Four inter-connected, sub-rectangular enclosures measuring approximately 40–50m in length x 30m wide were observed. They were organised in a semicircular, crescent shaped formation, with the long axis generally aligned east-west. On at least two of the enclosures the western (short)
return is missing, effectively making them three sided. Given the curving arrangement of the enclosures and the potential offshoot boundary ditch located in Trench 7 (see Headland evaluation report), the possibility exists that the settlement formerly extended to the east, beyond the current site, where a modern housing estate now exists.
The excavation work confirmed what the suggestions of the geophysics plot - that the outer ditches of the rectangular enclosures were considerably wider and deeper than the ditches associated with the smaller internal features. This may normally indicate a defensive function, however given the open nature of the features on the ‘outside’ edge of the arrangement and the potential evidence for an external bank, this may not be the case.
The smaller enclosures, were uniformly sited at the centre of the larger feature, and measured approximately 20m across. There was no dating evidence, and there was no obvious signs of a central hearth or post holes.
This, coupled with their size, may exclude a structural interpretation of these features – unless plough truncation has played a role in removing shallower remains.

Headland Archaeology, 2015, Moor Lane (Unpublished document). SYO1714.

Sources/Archives (1)

  • --- Unpublished document: Headland Archaeology. 2015. Moor Lane.

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Related Events/Activities (1)

Record last edited

Sep 13 2022 1:08PM


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