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GAZETTEER

It was possible in the course of the 1948 and 1957 surveys to collect surface pottery from some 77 sites. The majority comprised dambs or mounds of varying size formed by occupational deposits resulting from either permanent or long-term transhumant settlement. Dambs in isolated areas were clearly less at risk than those near villages which had occasionally served as burial grounds. More serious threats were posed by stone-robbing on sites where masonry had been exposed and by the removal of loamy soil for agricultural purposes, both destuctive practices which are likely to have spread with the increased use of motor transport in recent years. Some less conspicuous settlement-areas were also recognised, marked not so much by mounding as by masonry of either stone or mudbrick which was visible on the level surface. Survey was conducted largely in the valleys and along major streams but a few hillforts were noted and in some instances extensive areas of sherd scatter represented either mounds destroyed by floods or material swept down from an unlocated site on higher ground.