Brackenber Moor – Druidical Judgement Seat

Brackenber Moor – Druidical Judgement Seat

Location : Appleby   –  Grid Ref : NY 720188


Brackenber Moor has been occupied since at least the Bronze Age, and a number of burial monuments survive from this period. A number of possible prehistoric settlement sites exist in the area, which could potentially date to the Iron Age or Romano-British periods.


The Druidical Judgement Seat is a D-shaped enclosure, comprising an outer bank and inner ditch, with a single entrance on the northwest side.


Similar sites in Cumbria are usually interpreted as Iron Age or Romano-British farmsteads. However, no archaeological features are visible within the enclosure, and no archaeological evidence is available with which to date the site.


North Pennines Archaeology Ltd with Appleby Archaeology Group undertook two phases of archaeological evaluation on this site in 2008 and 2009 .

Aerial photo by Simon Ledingham.
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