TL4493 : The Inner Enclosure

taken 7 years ago, 4 km from Wimblington, Cambridgeshire, Great Britain

The Inner Enclosure
The Inner Enclosure
A view of the inner enclosure with the embankments less apparent, they would have been a lot higher. 2000 years of weather and recent ploughing reducing their size.
Stonea Camp Iron Age Fort :: TL4492
Stonea Camp is a scheduled ancient monument on a small gravel island just two metres above sea level, making it the lowest hillfort in the UK. The camp was surrounded by marshes on all sides apart from a land bridge which was heavily guarded. This created two D shape enclosures protecting the inhabitants. There are thought to be three phrases of construction since works started in 500BC. Some of the outer gates were never completed. Tacitus (LinkExternal link describes a battle between the Roman governor, Ostorius and the Iceni in 47AD this may have happened here. The remains of a multi-storey Roman tower have also been excavated within sight to the north of the Stonea Camp fortifications. The building was probably constructed to suppress further tribal rebellion or settlement at this site.
The defending Britons were trapped by their own defences and slaughtered like cattle. The remains of a skull belonging to a four year old child was found, badly hacked by sword cuts. Also excavated was a horribly mutilated adult skeleton; the scenes of horror. Access today is via a bumpy farm track signposted from the B1093. It is well interpreted with information boards. The embankments which are lower than they would have been were mostly rebuilt in 1991 following ploughing over the years. The site is very large and takes at least 30 minutes to look around.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 23 June, 2010   (more nearby)
Submitted
Thursday, 24 June, 2010
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Iron Age fort   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TL 448 930 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:30.9712N 0:7.9764E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TL 447 931
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Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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