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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
                                                     Workshops/Presentations
 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;      gmail.com for more information.
 they are important for understanding social         Find us on Facebook: www.
 organisation and examples with surviving            facebook.com/hccstonea 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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