Wednesday 24 July 2019

Crickley Hill ancient battle site preserved for the future

An ancient battle site at Crickley Hill has now been preserved for the future after funding was granted by a National Trust project.

The beautiful Cotswold nature site, Crickley Hill, has been preserved for future generations after archaeological remains unearthed evidence of a battle that took place in 3,600BC.

What’s more, activity at Crickley Hill can also be traced back to the 5th century, when the Roman Army left Britain, and also boasts ramparts and ditches from an Iron Age hill fort from more than 2,000 years ago.

Erosion has been threatening to destroy this unique archaeology for many years, but after being placed on the English Heritage ‘at risk’ register, vital conservation work has now be completed.

National Trust archaeologist Martin Papworth said: ‘Crickley is a fabulous archaeological site of national importance. I am delighted that this project has made such huge improvements to the site and will help maintain it for generations to come.’

The repairs were funded by Natural England’s Higher Level Stewardship scheme and the Gloucestershire Monuments Management Scheme, with the Trust’s Ranger team at Crickley Hill, to continue their regular scrub management.

Martin Jones, area ranger for Crickley Hill said: ‘Everyone working on the Crickley Hill project has demonstrated a great deal of dedication and hard work. We hope the repairs will ensure the survival of the Crickley Hill site for thousands more years.’

For more information, call (01452) 814213.

© SoGlos
Thursday 30 October 2014

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