Possible undated enclosure, Alderminster

Description of this historic site

The possible site of an Iron Age hillfort. A large enclosure is visible as a cropmark on aerial photographs. It is situated on the west side of Boundary Covert. An alternative interpretation of these cropmarks is that they are natural features.

Notes about this historic site

1 Possible hillfort. A large oval enclosure. Visited by Thomas. Slight traces of an earthwork survive around the NW quarter.
3 Air photographs indicate a possible enclosure of about 13 ha. The enclosure is well defined on the N and SW. Photographs may indicate a bank with an external ditch. To the NE, E and SE the rampart is not clearly defined, although it roughly coincides with the boundary of Boundary Covert on the SE. If a rampart existed on the E it must have been very severely damaged. Alternatively the marks could be geological, caused by the outcroppings of a different layer of strata.
4 The whole W half of the enclosure was visible as a break of slope following the contour. The E half was not visible. On the SE it runs under woodland, to the NE under a field of crop.
5 No trace of ramparts were evident on the N, W, S or SE of the hill. To the W a drainage ditch has been cut alongside a track from the hill top to Knavenhill Farm. This drainage ditch should have cut the rampart, but there is no trace of a bank or ditch.
6 In a commanding position with downhill slopes to the E, S and W. It would seem that the site is probably not a hillfort. It is remotely possible that the drainage ditch could have been cut through a hillfort entrance, but a geological origin for the cropmarks seems more likely.
7 Reported as above.
8 Some elements of the western half of a ?rampart may be visible on modern satellite imagery.

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