Site of Iron Age Hillfort on Foxhill

Description of this historic site

The site of an Iron Age Hillfort, with an enclosure and linear features that were visible as a cropmark from aerial photographs. A few potsherds were observed, of probable Iron Age date, during fieldwalking. The site is located in Foxhill.

Notes about this historic site

1 Located as a cropmark and fieldwalked in 1985 and 1986. The hillfort is situated on marl and is in a hilltop location, with a slight downhill slope to the N and steep slopes downhill to a brook on the SW, S and SE. The main feature on aerial photographs is an enclosure of about 1.4 ha, with a large defensive ditch and a W entrance. The ditch on the SE appears to be interrupted; ground inspection indicates that this interruption is the result of Post Medieval or modern quarrying. To the SE of the main enclosure is a smaller subrectangular enclosure and to the N are curvilinear enclosures and possible penannular gullies. The site falls into parts of two modern fields and both fields were examined. The rampart has been totally flattened by modern cultivation; however, two clear concentrations of Iron Age pottery were noted in the interior. The potsherds are all small and friable, but probably Iron Age. Burnt stone was also common on the site.
2 Plan.
3 AP.
4 Field survey form describes the site as clearly a hillfort but ploughed quite flat in 1985. Stone and pottery recovered from hillfort surface.

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