Iron Age Settlement, Church Hill, Burton Dassett
Excavation of this site in advance of quarrying, found evidence of Iron Age activity, including a post hole, pits, elongated features and pottery with finger tip decoration. The location was at Church Hill, Burton Dassett.
1 During an excavation, EWA6722, in advance of quarrying for roadstone for the M40, evidence of Iron Age activity was recorded. An east-west linear spread of features, a posthole, ten pits and two elongated features were exposed. The pits and postholes were of early Iron Aage date, containing pottery, mainly produced in local clays, some of which carried finger-tip decoration and quern fragments. The site forms part of a larger settlement, part of which survives outside the quarry; although it appears to be unenclosed. To the north of the site was a scatter of Iron Age finds.
2 Aerial photographs showing the extent of quarrying atop Church Hill.
3 The extent of this site as mapped is not exact, but based on the extent of quarrying identified in this area, mainly seen as scars on aerial photographs. It should therefore be treated as approximate.