Hill fort dig

Dig for ancient hill fort remains

Archaeologists have started a six-week dig at a Herefordshire hill fort in a bid to unearth ancient remains.

Excavations funded by a Heritage Lottery grant are under way at Credenhill Iron Age Hill Fort, west of Hereford, until the end of September. The team is focusing on the summit and southern part of the fort interior to discover if there was an earlier enclosure 

on the hill.A series of trenches will also help assess damage from 1960s conifer trees.Under the direction of Peter Dorling of Herefordshire Archaeology, the team is being helped by local volunteers and Cardiff University students. The excavations are part of a longer-term project being undertaken in partnership with the Woodland Trust to clear conifers from the fort area and replant deciduous trees.Research so far has indicated that the hilltop was occupied from about 600 BC.Mr Dorling said: “This is an important opportunity to learn more about the history of the fort in the Iron Age and into the Roman period.“Hopefully it will shed light on the Iron Age in the county more widely, given that this is the first sustained campaign of excavation of a hill fort in Herefordshire for 40 years.” The public can see the dig during guided visits on 26 and 29 September but booking is essential.Credenhill Iron Age Hill fort: SMR database

The Museum of East Anglian Life

….is very sad to announce the death of Remus, its Suffolk Punch and thought to be the oldest in the world. Remus was brought to the museum as a one-year old in 1980 and on April 27th celebrated his 28th birthday.

Museum director Tony Butler says, “Remus will be sadly missed not just by staff but by generations of Stowmarket children who have grown up recognising him as a symbol of the museum. In his prime Remus was the museum’s working horse and was used for harrowing, logging and cart rides for the public. For the last seven years he has enjoyed a well earned retirement.”

Remus will be cremated and his ashes interred upon the museum site.

Skara Brae update:

Skara Brae site graffiti removed

Experts have successfully removed all traces of graffiti which had been daubed onto the ancient Skara Brae settlement on Orkney.

The vandalism, including the words “Scouse Celts”, was found at the 5,000-year-old site last month.

Historic Scotland said careful restoration work had returned the “hugely significant” site back to normal, with no long-term damage.

It had been feared the graffiti could have left permanent marks.

A conservation team was on site immediately after the incident occurred and began researching how best to remove the marker pen.

Stephen Gordon, senior conservator at Historic Scotland, said: “After extensive trials, we achieved the right formula and we are delighted to say it has been remarkably successful.”

Poultices made up of a solvent and paper pulp were applied to the graffiti and left to take effect.

This removed much of the marker, but two further poultices with a different combination of solvents were then added to remove the remaining residue.

Mary Dunnett, Historic Scotland monument manager at Skara Brae, said: “After discovering the graffiti, we feared there may be permanent damage to this precious 5,000-year-old stone, but thanks to our dedicated team of conservators, House 1 is back to its former magnificent state.

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