Category: Iron Age

Live Moor, Whorlton, North Yorkshire

Live Moor – Whorlton – North Yorkshire Moors “Whorlton, Live Moor, (NZ 496012) A previously unrecorded promontory fort was identified by D. Smith on air photographs and later surveyed by him and G. W. Goodall. A single rampart with external ditch extends across the west-facing spur of Live Moor to enclose an area of approximately …

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Staple Howe, West Hesterton, North Yorkshire

Staple Howe – West Hesterton, North Yorkshire “This small farmstead was established on top of the small chalk hills on the northern edge of the Yorkshire Wolds. The chosen site was a good defensive position with a level oval shaped platform about 54.7m long and 12.2m wide. A timber stockade encircled the site which at …

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Sutton Common, Doncaster, South Yorkshire

Sutton Common – Doncaster Sutton Common is an early Iron Age fort/enclosure site just north of Doncaster, A key feature of this “marsh fort” is that it seems to use the surrounding marsh land as part of its defence – a twist on the more common hill fort. A further point of interest is the …

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Thornborough Henges, North Yorkshire

Thornborough Ancient Monument Complex – North Yorkshire Page Under Development – come back for more info! A site that spans several thousands of years from the Stone Age to at least the Iron Age, the ancient people of the area built one of Britain’s largest ancient sites in Yorkshire, in what was to become the …

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Wincobank, South Yorkshire

Wincobank – Sheffield 1903 OS map of Wincobank Location Wincobank (W.R.), Hillfort (SK/378910) 2.5 miles NE of center of Sheffield. Finds in Sheffield Museum. Description “This is an oval fort with an internal area of 2.5 acres. A bank, ditch and counterscarp bank are continuous around it except on the N side where ditch and …

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Castercliff, Lancashire

Castercliff Aerial view of Castercliff Directions. 0/S 1:50,000 series map 103 ref. 885384. Leave Nelson on the A6068 towards Colne, and turn right after passing under the railway bridge at Colne station. Follow this out of the town, up the steep hill until the gradient eases, and the hillfort is on the right at a …

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Almondbury, West Yorkshire

The Day Castle Hill Burned Down Why was the Iron Age hill fort razed to the ground and abandoned? View of Castle Hill, Almondbury, as it looks today with the Victorian tower on the top. Also Varley plan of Almondbury. Underneath these medieval earthworks is a series of earlier defenses which dates back to the …

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Craig Phadrig, Inverness

Craig Phadrig – Vitrified Fort Region : Scottish Highlands District : Inverness Town or village : Inverness Grid Reference : NH 640 452 Period : 500 BC-AD 600 Craig Phadraig is a hilltop fort within a Forestry Commission plantation, 2.5km west of Inverness. It occupies a position with excelent views over the Beauly Firth. The …

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Castle Dykes, North Stainley

Castle Dykes – North Stainley, Ripon, North Yorkshire This earthwork was partially excavated in 1870, these revealed the foundations for a Roman villa of obvious opulence. It’s final roman owners were beleived to have suffered a grisly death as the villa burnt around them. It is likely that future excavations will reveal that the villa …

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Timeline 60BC – 138AD

Roman/Celtic Time Line The Celts were the dominant force in western Europe in the mid to late Iron Age, reaching a peak during the mid 1st millenium BC. In fact it was the sack of Rome by the Celts which stimulated the Romans to re-fortify and ultimately become the dominant military force in Europe for …

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