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Friday, 2 September 2011
Cardiff dig could throw change history of ancient Britain
A major excavation at Britain’s biggest Iron Age hill-fort has begun in Somerset, in the hope that it will at last enable historians to explain the meaning and purpose of the enigmatic site.
The excavation is being carried out by a joint team from the School of History, Archaeology and Religion at Cardiff and researchers from Cambridge University. The team will spend three seasons digging a hectare of Ham Hill's interior to try to understand more about its layout and use
Stretching across a vast area measuring more than 80 hectares, Ham Hill dominates the landscape a few miles west of Yeovil. It is by far and away the largest hill-fort in the country, dwarfing better-known sites from the same period such as Maiden Castle, in Dorset, or Danebury in Hampshire.