Guard chambers among finds of national significance

Started by gash, September 25, 2019, 10:57:28 pm

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Archaeologists from Southampton and Oxford Universities spent two weeks working on the dig at Nesscliffe Hillfort, which is estimated to date back to 500 BC.

And there was one find that sparked real excitement among the team - the discovery of what are known as guard chambers, which would have stood at the end of an entrance passage at either side of the roadway. Few of these have been discovered nationally.

The archaeological dig was the result of several years of previous work by Shropshire Council including habitat management, site protection measures, photographic analysis and geophysical surveys.
Archaeological test pits were also dug and revealed an occupation layer with second century Roman pottery.

Gary Lock, Emeritus Professor of Archaeology at Oxford University and co-director of the excavation, said: "Hillforts are one of the most impressive types of archaeological sites and yet are poorly understood.

"There is a possibility that this was a highly strategic point. It would have been seen from miles around and would have given a great viewpoint for those inside, it would have been very spectacular."

The hillfort at Nesscliffe, built against the sheer cliffs at Oliver's Point, would have been easily defendable and also very visible in the landscape.

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