Research aims and methods

To address such questions, a longer-term project began in 2010 to investigate the role and connectivity of Burrough Hill during the 1st millennia BC/AD, contributing to wider research on:

(1) the varying histories of hillforts across Britain

(2) changing perceptions and (re)use of such monuments in later periods

(3) the development of distinctive forms of Iron Age economy and society in Central Britain

It is envisaged that the Burrough Hill project will run for four seasons, from 2010-2013:

  • Block 1 investigation of two previously excavated areas in Summer 2010 (completed); geophysical survey of the monument and environs (in progress); assessment of the archive of previous excavations (in progress)
  • Block 2 started in summer 2011, where there was further excavation around the entrance of the hillfort and part of the extramural settlement. In 2012–13, two areas of intense pitting and occupation within the hillfort will be excavated, enabling the intramural sequence to be linked to the ramparts.
  • Block 3 comprises intensive study of the character and siting of Iron Age and Roman settlement in an area of 50km2 around Burrough Hill incorporating the plateau and scarp edge of the Dalby Hills and the headwaters of the Wreake and Eye valleys. Methods of investigation include LiDAR survey, extensive magnetometry, fieldwalking and targeted evaluation on selected sites to assess their date and character. This fieldwork, involving members of local archaeological societies, will unfold in parallel with Block 2.

Source: John Thomas (ULAS) & Jeremy Taylor (University of Leicester School of Archaeology and Ancient History)

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