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Iron Age Roundhouse Excavated

Ancient dwelling gives up its secrets

Iron Age Round House
Scene of the Iron Age Round House

An Iron Age roundhouse was excavated on Fylingdales Moor, North Yorkshire, this summer.

The hearth is the low stone structure in the foreground of the photo.

The gulley behind was caused by rain water running off the roundhouse roof.

Archaeologists also investigated a Bronze Age burial cairn and a mystery structure similar to two found last year. The annual dig, directed by Blaise Vyner, began after an accidental fire at Stoupe Brow in 2003 uncovered hidden archaeology.

Conserving the moor’s archaeological treasures, along with its wildlife, is a guiding principle of the Trust’s management of Fylingdales Moor on behalf of its owner, the Strickland Estate, and FESSCo which administers the Higher Level Stewardship-funded work.

Willow Screens for Shapwick

Traditional materials incorporated on reserve Willow from the reserve itself has been used to make screening for Shapwick Moor. The completion of a six foot high screen, using tall uprights that volunteers cut from willows on the site, was the culmination of three training sessions to learn the ancient craft. The large screen, with its…

Plant-Rich Future for Shapwick

‘Green hay’ technique aims to rebuild biodiversity Restoration of Shapwick Moor – to the biologically diverse Somerset Levels habitat it once was – entered a new phase this summer, but it will take a hundred years to achieve complete success. What was once intensive arable farmland is now being returned to species-rich grassland using a…