Iron Age Trackway and Enclosure, Bilton High School
A trackway and enclosure, first seem on aerial photographs, was investigated as part of an archaeological evaluation; Iron Age pottery was recovered from the dithes of the features, suggesting occupation in the later part of the first millennium BC.
1 An enclosure, trackway and a potential semi-circular feature are evident on aerial photographs.
2 These features were investigated during evaluation ahead of construction of a football pitch at Bilton High School. Excavation of the ditches which defined the trackway and enclosure yielded Iron Age pottery suggesting occupation in the later part of the first millennium BC. The interior of the enclosure appeared ’empty’ implying that the enclosure may not be domestic. It is suggested that this represents a stock corralling enclosure located on the edge of the trackway. The apparent entrance to the pennanular ditched cropmark is to the north-west, diametrically opposite for other round-houses in this region, and is also of larger size, being 14m in diameter.