Friday, August 31, 2012

Ham Hill digs enhance picture of Iron Age life

A second season of excavations at Britain's biggest Iron Age hill-fort has uncovered remains of Roman weaponry, and the site of the first "ham stone" house.

Archaeologists are slowly piecing together a picture of what life was like in Britain's largest hill-fort, after a second season of excavations.

The project, at Ham Hill in Somerset, is the most intensive excavation of the Iron Age fort ever undertaken, and involves researchers from both Cambridge and Cardiff universities.

Stretching across more than 80 hectares, Ham Hill is by far the largest fort of its kind and one of the most important Iron Age sites in the country. Ironically, however, it is also one of the least understood, as its sheer size means that explaining its meaning and purpose is difficult.