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LiDAR – Pilsdon Pen - Dorset

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LiDAR – Pilsdon Pen - Dorset DTM- (Digital Terrain Model, i.e. No buildings or foliage) Overlooking the small village of Templemans Ash sits the highest Dorset hillfort at 277m, Pilsdon Pen. This multivallate contour hillfort contains LiDAR visual traces of a 17th century square structure as well as a possible long barrow. The other smaller elongated mounds are medieval pillow-mounds for breeding rabbits. First excavated in 1964, then again in ’77. Finds include a Gallo-Belgic XV coin, a small Roman sherd, Roman ballista bolt, Iron Age huts and fragments of a crucible containing specks of gold, Mesolithic flints and two late neolithic to Bronze age burial mounds. (Scheduled Monument) Iron Age tribal association (conjecture based on location): Durotriges [Any descriptive text is attributed to the Atlas of Hillforts & Wikipedia websites and any associated archaeological descriptions online which will be credited accordingly.] #pilsdonpen ,  #templemansash ,  #barrow ,  #bronzeage , 

LiDAR – Penbury Knoll - Dorset

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LiDAR – Penbury Knoll - Dorset DTM- (Digital Terrain Model, i.e. No buildings or foliage) Just to the southeast of Pentridge lies the mostly destroyed univallate contour hillfort, Penbury Knoll. Modern quarrying had heavily degraded the site. There is a recorded Celtic field system to the northwest, but any association is speculative. On the LiDAR however an oblate rectangular enclosure appears to have been missed by field investigations. I’m sending this info to Dorset HER (Historic Environment Record) to see if it flags-up on their records. Penbury Knoll has had minimal investigations hence its undated, but surface finds include Mesolithic & Neolithic flints an Axe, scrapers a knife a pick and a truncated blade. Apparently, an ancient beacon once stood at the summit. (Scheduled Monument) Iron Age tribal association (conjecture based on location): Durotriges [Any descriptive text is attributed to the Atlas of Hillforts & Wikipedia websites and any associated archaeological des

LiDAR – Nettlecombe Tout - Dorset

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LiDAR – Nettlecombe Tout - Dorset DTM- (Digital Terrain Model, i.e. No buildings or foliage) Less than a km to the northwest of Higher Melcombe lies the inland promontory fort, Nettlecombe Tout. A massive bank protects the main fort area but the approaches along each hill top are guarded by embankments. Site degraded by ploughing. If the whole horseshoe shaped hilltop site does lie within the guarding embankments that would mean at least a 6-hectare settlement. I’ve included a screengrab of Historic England site’s scheduling areas for the area. You can clearly make out the embankments all around the hill approaches as well as various barrows & ancient settlements. It looks like there will be plenty to discover here when funds become available for excavations and further investigations but as it stands, the site remains undated. (Scheduled Monument) Iron Age tribal association (conjecture based on location): Durotriges [Any descriptive text is attributed to the Atlas of Hillforts &a

LiDAR – Mistleberry - Dorset

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LiDAR – Mistleberry - Dorset DTM- (Digital Terrain Model, i.e. No buildings or foliage) North of Sixpenny Handley and hidden in woodland west of the RSPB Garston Wood lies the unfinished univallate hillslope fort, Mistleberry. Site first recorded as ‘Mealeburg’ in a charter of 956 AD relating to Handley, now Sixpenny Handley. No excavations, hence undated. Now on Heritage at Risk Register. (Scheduled Monument) Iron Age tribal association (conjecture based on location): Durotriges [Any descriptive text is attributed to the Atlas of Hillforts & Wikipedia websites and any associated archaeological descriptions online which will be credited accordingly.] #mistleberry ,  #sixpennyhandley ,  #garstonwood   #survey ,  #fieldwalking ,  #ironage ,  #lidar ,  #archaeology ,  #excavation ,  #history ,  #hillfort ,  #dorset ,  #britishhistory ,  #durotriges Instagram: LiDAR animation of Mistleberry hillfort

LiDAR – Lewesdon - Dorset

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LiDAR – Lewesdon - Dorset DTM- (Digital Terrain Model, i.e. No buildings or foliage) Overlooking the village of Broadwindsor and hidden in woodland lie the remains of the univallate contour hillfort, Lewesdon. Heavily degraded by gravel digging and logging activities in the past. No excavations, hence undated. (Scheduled Monument) Iron Age tribal association (conjecture based on location): Durotriges [Any descriptive text is attributed to the Atlas of Hillforts & Wikipedia websites and any associated archaeological descriptions online which will be credited accordingly.] #lewwsdon ,  #broadwindsor ,  #survey ,  #fieldwalking ,  #ironage ,  #lidar ,  #archaeology ,  #excavation ,  #history ,  #hillfort ,  #dorset ,  #britishhistory ,  #durotriges Instagram: LiDAR animation of Lewesdon hillfort