At the A417 near Cheltenham, in the shadow of Crickley Hill Iron Age hillfort, our team have uncovered an unusual Iron Age ‘banjo enclosure’, a ceremonial Iron Age landscape, and been interviewed and recorded by Professor Alice Roberts for the latest series of Digging for Britain.
You can hear all about the use of this unusual enclosure and the enigmatic burial we found within, when the site screens tonight on BBC2 at 8pm. Or, you can catch the project on iPlayer from 48 minutes into this episode: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m001ttqx/digging-for-britain-series-11-3-a-norman-panic-room-and-a-mesolithic-fish-trap
Our joint venture team, Oxford Cotswold Archaeology, have spent two months excavating the site, which was likely the focus of special Iron Age activity such as feasting. Dating back almost 2,200 years, at the time this area was active, Gloucestershire’s population would have been rapidly expanding with humans making tools and weapons from iron and steel. We’ve uncovered a range of artefacts including animal skulls, butchered animal bones, and evidence of a metal working platform. The crouched burial of a young Iron Age man, likely aged between 17-20 years, has also been discovered. Given the grave’s location, it’s likely this death has been marked as a significant event in the community’s history.
Previous discoveries from the site include an impressive little Roman Cupid figurine, with more Roman discoveries sure to be uncovered as the National Highways project progresses…