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Ham Hill

1 September 2011

The Guardian (see www.guardian.co.uk/science/2011/sep/01/iron-age-hill-fort-excavation/ ) has a report on excavations at the large Iron Age hill fort of Ham Hill in Somerset – some 80 hectares in size. It was conquered by the Romans in AD45, by the 2nd Legion under the command of Vespasin (later to become emperor). However, it was already a town, it would seem, with streets lined with houses (round houses of the Iron Age variety). A town implies roads – so how many Roman roads were actually built on the line of pre-existing routes?

Meanwhile, BBC News (see www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-14733535) has a report on an archaeological dig – rather, what is described as keyhole surgery at a site in the Preseli hills of SW Wales – led by Wainwright and Darvill, who were on TV a year or so ago with their theory regarding Stonehenge, a healing centre. They are looking for a link with Stonehenge and think they might have found one – but the story has yet to run for awhile.

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