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IVINGTON CAMP

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The earthwork remains of a large multivallate hillfort and those of a slight univallate hillfort which is believed to have preceded it. The original univallate hillfort is defined along its south and east sides by a crescent-shaped rampart. In 1996 archaeological recording of a 31 metre length of the rampart recorded evidence for a row of posr holes along this entire section. The defences of the multivallate hillfort closely follow the contours of the hill except on the northern half of the east side and includes a substantial inner bank and ditch with intermittent traces of a second bank beyond which, on the east side of the hillfort, is an outer ditch. The north side is thought to have been defended by an inner rampart with an outer ditch and parapet but the latter two features have become flattened and now form a rough berm, whilst the north west corner of the site has been affected by later quarrying. The interior is divided into two enclosures by the crescent-shaped rampart of the original hillfort and the level of the western enclosure; that is, the interior of the earlier hillfort, is 1.8 metres higher that that to the east. In 1996 a narrow trench was excavated running south west from the north eastern corner of the site to Camp Farm. This revealed shallow gulleys, post holes and layers of limestone rubble associated with the occupation of the site; Iron Age pottery and briquetage (ceramic salt containers) were also recovered. Scheduled.

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