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                                            must be obtained from Historic England before  "
                                            Camp has been listed as a scheduled monument
                                                                                             Fortification is believed
                                            and is protected against ground disturbance and
                                                                                         to have begun at the site
                                            unlicensed metal detecting, so written consent
                                            any archaeological surveys or excavations can   around 500 BC
                                            begin.                                       As an Iceni spiritual and
                                            The Fortification of Stonea Camp             feasting site, Boudicca
                                            Fortification is believed to have begun at the site
                                            around 500 BC and exhibits at least two phases   would definitely have
     STONEA                                 settlement with a D-shaped set of earth banks   visited Stonea Camp!        "         Tim Potter Visiting Stonea Camp/
                                            of development over several hundred years of
                                            surrounded by a larger more formal set of banks
       CAMP                                 March                                                                                        Guided Tours/Talks/
                                            and ditches.
                                               The Romans & Stonea Camp
                                               In 1980 the British Museum, led by local
                                               Archaeologist  Tim  Potter  (whose  father,
                                                                                                                                         A pocket park, Stonea Camp is
                                             Cedric Potter had been the Headmaster of
                                                                                                                                         available and open to the public
                                                                                                                                         24/7, so you can walk in the
                                            a nearby site to the north, which had previously
                                                                                                                                         There are information boards
                                            revealed a Roman settlement.  Many students
             hen I last wrote in Manea Matters   Grammar School) excavated Stonea Camp and                                               footsteps of Boudicca at any time.
                                                                                                                                         available throughout the site to
             about Stonea Camp (Issue 56), I   from March’s Neale Wade School, were given the                                            explain the layout and its history.
      Wgave a brief outline of the country’s   opportunity to take part in those excavations,
      lowest lying hill fort.  Now, I am going to reveal   thanks to the Head of History, Peter Hewitt.                                  Two articles in and there is still
      a little more information, to explain some of the   The excavations uncovered the foundations of a                                 much more to reveal about Stonea
      historical significance of Stonea Camp...  multi-storey, Roman tower, constructed in the                                           Camp.  Why not visit the site, join
      Stonea Camp: A Scheduled Monument     first century AD.  This tower is believed to have                                            one our guided tours, attend a
      Stonea Camp is an Iron Age, multivallate hill fort   been an administration centre and would have                                  talk, presentation or workshop?
      with archaeological evidence dating back to the   been the tallest Roman building in the area.                                     We would be delighted to tell you
      Neolithic period.  Most hill forts in the UK are   Stonea Camp & Boudicca                                                          more and welcome visits from
      univallate with only one phase of construction;   Imagine the scene; a massively tall, square,                                     clubs and organisations.
      a multivallate hill fort will have received several   brick building overshadowing the Iceni’s round                               Heritage, Culture & Community
      phases of construction.                                                                                                            (HCC) Stonea’s mission is to
                                            house  constructions  at Stonea Camp; a place                                                promote and publicise the
      Large multivallate hill forts are rare, with   the tribe visited regularly for feasting and                                        historical importance of Stonea
      approximately fifty examples recorded in   spiritual purposes.                                                                     Camp.  Please email: hccstonea@
      Britain, three of which are in Cambridgeshire;                                                                            for more information.
      they are important for understanding social                                                                                        Find us on Facebook: www.
      organisation and examples with surviving                                                                                  and
      archaeological potential are of national                                                                                           Twitter: @hccstonea.
      importance.                                                                                                                                   Amanda Carlin –

      Due to its national historical importance, Stonea                                                                                        Chairman, HCC Stonea

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