Iron Age hill fort open to the public on Sunday

Posted by mjs76 at Jun 25, 2012 02:15 PM |
Come along to Burrough Hill on 1 July to see our dig and learn about ancient history.
Iron Age hill fort open to the public on Sunday

Roman soldiers were shorter than popularly believed.

This Sunday, 1 July 2012, is the annual Public Open Day at Burrough Hill iron age fort, site of an ongoing University of Leicester dig. Since 2010, students from our School of Archaeology and Ancient History and staff in University of Leicester Archaeological Services have been scraping away at the earth and uncovering artefacts which can tell us about life in Leicestershire 2,000 years ago.

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. An impressive earthworks marks the site of the hill fort and gives commanding views of the Leicestershire countryside.

Come along on Sunday between 11.00am 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 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 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.