A Small Multivallate Hillfort on Southend Hill
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Early Iron Age
Buckinghamshire County Council
Aylesbury Vale District Council
SE920920 (491960, 216553)
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The buried remains of a small multivallate hillfort located on Southend Hill. The ramparts enclosing the fort have long since been reduced by ploughing, and the site remained unknown until cropmarks were recorded on several occasions since, clearly demonstrating the presence of a circular enclosure of approximately 5 hectares, defined by a pair of concentric ditches which encircles the summit of the hill to the north of the steep southern slope. The ditches measure about 5 metres in width and are set 15 to 20 metres apart. Concentrations of chalk and clunch rubble visible in the ploughsoil to the north west and south east are thought to represent the denuded remains of the accompanying banks, which would have been constructed using natural bedrock and ditches. Fragments of hand made coarseware pottery recovered from the ploughsoil within the fort indicate that occupation may have begun in the Early to Middle Iron Age; fragments from later, wheel-thrown vessels suggest that occupation either continued into, or was resumed in the Late Iron Age. Scheduled.
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