Travel back to the Iron Age this Sunday at Burrough Hill

Posted by mjs76 at Jun 21, 2011 04:15 PM |
Come along on 26 June and see what our Archaeology students have unearthed at Leicestershire’s best-preserved hill fort.

Archaeologists from the University of Leicester are currently in the second year of a project to excavate an Iron Age hill fort in Leicestershire. You can find out what they’re up to, what they have discovered so far and what that can teach us at an Open Day this Sunday, 26 June 2011.

There has been sporadic exploration at Burrough Hill since 1935 but there is still a great deal to discover so last year our School of Archaeology and Ancient History teamed up with University of Leicester Archaeological Services for a five-year project to explore the site.

The fort is located within Burrough Hill Country Park next to the village of Burrough on the Hill, about five miles south of Melton Mowbray. The area was occupied from Neolithic times (4,000BC-2,000BC) through to the 4th or 5th century, with the most intensive period of occupation about a hundred years or so either side of the birth of Christ.

Archaeology undergraduates are gaining valuable experience working on the dig this month and next, building on last year’s fieldwork which re-investigated previous excavations at the site and included a geophysical survey of the area.

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Artist's impression of Borough Hill as it looked 2,000 years ago

Come along on Sunday between 10.00am and 4.00pm for guided tours of the site and a chance to see what has been unearthed so far this year. If you have young archaeologists with you, they can learn about life inside an Iron Age roundhouse, make an Iron Age coin and even meet an Iron Age warrior.

Burrough Hill Country Park is owned by the Ernest Cook Trust and leased by Leicestershire County Council, both of whom are supporting the current work, along with English Heritage.

The entrance to the park is on Somerby Road (LE14 2QZ) and there is a charge of £2.50 for the car park (exact money required!). Visitors should wear strong shoes and should remember that disability access obligations were very different 2,000 years ago. Also, the University of Leicester is not responsible for the weather.

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