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LiDAR - Thornborough Henges - North Yorkshire

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DTM- (Digital Terrain Model, i.e. No buildings or foliage) Jumping on the bandwagon here! In a diagonal line NE to SE between West Tanfield and Thornborough lie the  three Thornborough Henges. Now part of the English Heritage register as of a few days ago. It looks as though the construction firm, Tarmac didn't want to be associated with the likes of Rio Tinto mining in Australia who purposefully destroyed ancient Aboriginal sites, so they gifted the site to Historic England. Nice one Tarmac! As you can see the best preserved henge is the most NW one which is hidden in woods. Neolithic-Bronze Age in date, i.e 3500-2500BC. Central henge excavated. Possible discovery that the banks of the henges  were covered in white gypsum. Unproven link to the alignment with the three stars in Orion's belt. Area surrounding the site heavily degraded by quarrying. Link to 3D animation:  Instagram (Scheduled Monument) [Any descriptive text is attributed to Wikipedia and any associated archaeolog

LiDAR – Castle Head, Dunterton, Devon & Inney Fort - Cornwall

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Link to LiDAR Animation on Instagram DTM- (Digital Terrain Model, i.e. No buildings or foliage) The River Tamar cuts between these four sites just to the east of Rezare in Cornwall and below Dunterton on Devon. At Castle Head are the remains of a promontory fort indicated on the LiDAR. The polygons are artefacts of the foliage removal algorithm. The embankment is the semi-circular shape, but the site has been heavily degraded by erosion & possible quarrying. Remains of a summer house on west side. Below this is an Iron Age ‘defended settlement’/enclosure. To the west is another enclosure and finally below is the round multivallate contour Cornwall hillfort, Inney Fort. First excavated in 1937 which found possible hut platforms. None of these sites have been properly excavated so they are technically undated. I’ve included a screen-grab from Devon’s HER map of the area. Iron Age tribal association (conjecture based on location): Dumnonii (Scheduled Monument) [Any descriptive text is

LiDAR – Castle Dyke - Devon

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Link to LiDAR Animation on Instagram DTM- (Digital Terrain Model, i.e. No buildings or foliage) Overlooking Chudleigh to the southeast and ringed by trees lies the univallate contour hillfort, Castle Dyke. Huge rampart & ditch to the SW enclosing 5.7ha. Possible embanked entrance. First recorded in 1889. Scheduled since 1933. First excavated in the 1960’s but details lost. Ariel survey indicates enclosures between hillfort & outer embankment via cropmarks. Iron Age tribal association (conjecture based on location): Dumnonii (Scheduled Monument) [Any descriptive text is attributed to the Atlas of Hillforts & Historic England websites and any associated archaeological descriptions online which will be credited accordingly.] #castledyke ,  #chudleigh ,  #camp ,  #prehistoric ,  #bronzeage ,  #fieldwalking ,  #ironage ,  #lidar ,  #archaeology ,  #excavation ,  #history ,  #hillfort ,  #devon ,  #britishhistory ,  #ironagehillfort ,  #prehistory ,  #ancienthistory ,  #megalithi

LiDAR – Castle Close - Devon

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Link to LiDAR Animation on Instagram DTM- (Digital Terrain Model, i.e. No buildings or foliage) Two km to the southeast of Stoodleigh & overlooking the rivers Parkhouse Water and the River Exe & now bordered in hedges lies the univallate contour hillfort, Castle Close. Heavily degraded by ploughing in the past. First recorded in 1880. Scheduled since 1964. Minimal investigations. Unexcavated, hence undated. Iron Age tribal association (conjecture based on location): Dumnonii (Scheduled Monument) [Any descriptive text is attributed to the Atlas of Hillforts & Wikipedia websites and any associated archaeological descriptions online which will be credited accordingly.] #castleclose ,  #stoodleigh ,  #camp ,  #prehistoric ,  #bronzeage ,  #fieldwalking ,  #ironage ,  #lidar ,  #archaeology ,  #excavation ,  #history ,  #hillfort ,  #devon ,  #britishhistory ,  #ironagehillfort ,  #prehistory ,  #ancienthistory ,  #megalithic ,  #ironagebritain ,  #archaeologynews ,  #historic ,