Archaeology team seeks new portal into bygone era

Posted by ap507 at Jun 23, 2014 12:25 PM |
Open day at Burrough Hill on Sunday 29 June, 11am - 4pm
Archaeology team seeks new portal into bygone era

Work in progress on the external settlement of the hillfort

Iron Age combat sessions and an expert view on life in Leicestershire over 2000 years ago will be on offer at one of the county’s most striking historic features, Burrough Hill, on Sunday 29 June.

Archaeologists from the University have been uncovering the past and this summer will be undertaking the final season of excavations at Leicestershire’s finest Iron Age hillfort. 

The nationally important hillfort, marked by dramatic earthworks, located near Melton Mowbray has been the setting for a five year research project which has helped redefine understanding of the hillforts use with the help and support of English Heritage and landowners the Ernest Cook Trust.

Located between Burrough on the Hill and Somerby, south of Melton Mowbray, it is one of the most striking and historic features in the landscape of eastern Leicestershire. The well-preserved Iron Age hill fort dramatically crowns a steep-sided promontory of land reaching 210m (690 ft), with superb views.

The excavations have revealed evidence of life on Burrough Hill from at least the Early Bronze Age, with last year’s work identifying a small building and monument containing stone tools and pottery dating to around 2800 BC.  The hillfort appears to have been constructed during the Iron Age, around 500 BC, and used throughout the later Iron Age and into the Roman period.  The excavations have shown that Burrough Hill continued to be used well into the Roman period, identifying evidence for a Roman farmstead dating to the 3rd-4th century AD. 

This final year of the project aims to investigate a possible second entrance into the hillfort and more about the life of its inhabitants in order to bring to a conclusion what has a been a very succesful series of excavations. 

The team invites the visitors to share their discoveries at a public Open Day on Sunday 29 June between 11am – 4pm, when there will be guided tours of the hillfort and the 2014 excavations, a chance to meet the achaeologists involved and a series of living history displays including ‘life in a roundhouse’ and Iron Age combat sessions.

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