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Almondbury Hill Fort

Almondbury Hill Fort
View of Castle Hill, Almondbury, as it looks today with the Victorian tower on the top. Also Varley plan of Almondbury. Another plan of Almondbury, showing the outer ditches

Castle Hill, Almondbury

Castle Hill, Almondbury
Underneath these medieval earthworks is a series of earlier defenses which dates back to the early Iron Age. This was the building which burned down and it is regarded as one of Yorkshire's most important early Iron Age hill forts, it is one of Yorkshires true multi-valet hill forts and gives the impression of a...

Hall Tower Hill and Wendel Hill – Barwick in Elmet

Hall Tower Hill and Wendel Hill – Barwick in Elmet
The massive earthworks at Barwick and the continuation of the same profile alongside the River Cock to Aberford and beyond point to it being a place of importance as a large hillfort of some 15 acres. There were several hillforts in northern Britain when it was inhabited by a Celtic tribe called the Brigantes.

Barwick in Elmet, West Yorkshire

Barwick in Elmet, West Yorkshire
Barwick-in-Elmet, a village steeped in history, traces its origins back to the Iron Age, as evidenced by the ancient fortifications on Hall Tower Hill. This site, which later served as the foundation for a Norman motte-and-bailey castle, is a testament to the village's long-standing strategic importance. The name 'Barwick' itself is derived from Old English,...

Mitchell Laithes Farm Ring Cairn and burial complex, Ossett, West Yorkshire

Mitchell Laithes Farm Ring Cairn and burial complex, Ossett, West Yorkshire
The Bronze Age discoveries in Mitchell Laithes Farm, Ossett, West Yorkshire, offer an important glimpse into the region's ancient past. Archaeological appraisals, particularly the one conducted in 2007 at Mitchell Laithes Rye Royds, have unearthed evidence of short episodes of occupation dating back to 3500-2000 BC.

Barwick in Elmet Iron Age Hill Fort

Barwick in Elmet Iron Age Hill Fort
"The scale and function of the earthworks, which may comprise a rampart, a ditch and a counterscarp bank, is massive and assumed to be defensive though large univallate hillforts may have been built on the sites of earlier non-defensive enclosures such as slight univallate hillforts. In area large univallate hillforts vary between 1 and 10 hectares.

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