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Iron Age fort excavation reveals possible suburban settlement

An excavation at Britain’s largest Iron Age hill fort has revealed the possible existence of a surrounding residential neighbourhood.

“There was a main road going through and regular enclosures with round houses in them – it looks rather like suburbia,” said Christopher Evans, director of the Cambridge Archaeological Unit. “We are not going to find Conan Doyle’s Lost World up on the plateau.”

As the ramparts were much too extensive for the occupants of the hill to defend on their own, attention is turning to whether the people who lived there were actually developing a community or collective identity for themselves. Although there have been bronze age finds from an earlier era, it is still not known when the hill was occupied and the ramparts built.

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Story: Stephen Bates, Guardian | Photo: Ham Hill Archaeology/PA

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