Iron Age sites and rock art
Iron age rock art

Iron Age sites and rock art

Ancient Northumberland

Mysterious rock marks coupled with the greatest concentration of hillforts in Britain have led to Northumberland carving out a name for itself as a prehistoric stronghold and where ancient life feels close.

There is evidence of civilization here long before the Romans first set foot here 2,000 years ago. Dating back to the Iron Age and earlier, ancient and highly visible hillforts jut like bones from Northumberland’s remote uplands. The largest of these is Yeavering Bell in the heart of the Cheviot Hills. This protected hillfort monument has attracted people for millennia. From Stone Age people who lined up a sacred monument to face the hillside here 4,000 years ago, to the Iron Age dwellers who constructed a 130 roundhouse-fort, built within its massive stone rampart 2,000 years later.

Lace up your hiking boots and head out to see Northumberland’s amazing rock art. Described as one of Britain’s national treasures, Northumberland’s fascinating gallery of rock art is as inspiring as it is mysterious. Carved into rocky outcrops and boulders are curious markings which vary from simple, circular hollows known as 'cups' to more complex intertwining patterns with cups, rings, and intertwining grooves. Often found in eye-popping elevated locations, the carvings were made by Neolithic and Early Bronze Age people between 3500 and 6000 years ago.

Find rock art to explore at England's Rock Art (ERA) website -


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