A publication of the Archaeological Institute of America

Special Introductory Offer!

Ham Hill’s Ramparts Excavated

Friday, September 06, 2013


Ham hillSOMERSET, ENGLAND—While excavating the ramparts at Ham Hill, the largest Iron-Age hill fort in Britain, archaeologists from the Universities of Cambridge and Cardiff uncovered human remains dating to the time of the Roman Conquest. The bones show signs of violence and perhaps are evidence of an assault. Roman military items suggest that Roman soldiers were garrisoned Ham Hill after the invasion. The archaeologists have also learned that the hill was occupied beginning in the Neolithic period, and that the local “ham stone” was used by early builders. The fort may have served as a meeting place for the community in addition to providing defensive shelter.