Rare finds at ancient hillfort reveal some of its secrets

University of Leicester archaeology students James Arscott and Helena Besley with the Iron Age quern stone discovered during the excavations at Burrough-on-the-Hill
University of Leicester archaeology students James Arscott and Helena Besley with the Iron Age quern stone discovered during the excavations at Burrough-on-the-Hill
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A TEAM of archaeologists from the University of Leicester have been showing off some of their finds from a dig at the Iron Age hillfort at Burrough-on-the-Hill.

The experts ran a series of guided tours on Sunday and younger visitors were able to meet an ‘Iron Age warrior’ as well as make ancient coins and learn about life in a roundhouse.

The team began a five-year survey and excavation of the site last year and have returned for a second six-week dig.

So far they have revealed the hillfort’s stone defences, a cobbled road and a guard chamber complete with hearths - an incredibly rare find.

They have also uncovered evidence of a further large Iron Age settlement just outside the hillfort.

A guided walk will be held at the end of the dig, on Monday, July 18, as part of the national Festival of Archaeology.

l For more visit www.le.ac.uk/departments/archaeology