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Wooston Hillfort gets a new line of defence

This week sees the start of the next phase of work on Wooston Castle. You may remember from previous blogs, or have seen on visits to the area, that we have removed much of the tree cover from the surroundings of the fort and extracted all that material using heavy horses. The reasons for clearing…

Reflections on a spring of Pearl-bordered Fritillaries

It all started with a sunny day in April during the Royal Forestry society visit to Fingle Woods. The sun was blazing down on the road bisecting Wooston Hillfort and as I was driving along, a dazzling show of orange flashed by the vehicle. Now I am a strange creature who performs emergency stops for…

Iron Age Experience Day

Experience life in the Iron Age at this family fun day. Visit Wooston Castle, the Iron Age Hillfort in Fingle Woods, for a day of warrior training, fire lighting, wooden sword making, archery, wattle and daubing and much more. Place: Wooston Castle, Fingle Woods (SX 765 896) Date: Saturday 25th August Time: Drop in anytime between 11.00am –…

Wooston Castle – What Next?

After a busy few weeks at the Wooston Castle hillfort, the archaeologists and volunteers who have been working through a particularly wet and windy Dartmoor spring have finished their excavations. As they left site at the end of their dig with the stories of their discoveries fresh in their minds, the atmosphere was buoyant; the…

Delightful day to visit a dig

Excavations at Wooston Castle are coming to an end this weekend, so tomorrow (Saturday the 21st) we are holding an open day so you can come along and see what the archaeologists have discovered. Staff and volunteers will be on hand to give guided tours of the hillfort and trenches and Dartmoor Horse Loggers, who…

Digging deeper – week 1 of the Wooston excavation

We’re approaching the end of our first week of the Wooston Castle excavation so it seemed like a good time to visit the dig and get an update on progress. Despite the fact that the hillfort was shrouded in clouds and being hammered by rain early this morning the view that unfolded before me was…

The history of Wooston Castle

As our 14 day excavation of Wooston Hillfort is now underway we thought it would be a good opportunity to provide some background on the history of hillforts, summarise what we already know about Wooston Castle and highlight the significance of our dig. Like many prehistoric monuments, Wooston Castle hillfort is a bit of an enigma….

Unearthing history at Wooston Castle

We’re delighted to announce that archaeological excavations will soon begin at Wooston Castle, the Iron-Age hillfort in Fingle Woods. With the help of AC Archaeology, the Woodland Trust and National Trust will be looking to identify the age and purpose of the hillfort. This is particularly exciting for two reasons. Firstly, due to hillforts’ protected status and…