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Naish Hill



Details of Hillfort on Pastscape

Earthwork remains of an Iron Age promontory fort or hillfort; Roman pottery has been found on the site.

(Centred ST 93466934). An IA promontory fort at Nash Hill was discovered by A.J. Clarke and photographed from the air, in 1954. The enclosed area is formed by a single eastern bank and ditch, very much spread and 80 feet wide overall, across the neck of the promontory, the farm lane on the south, a lynchet on the west and the steep slopes of Tacklemore Wood on the north. There seems to be an entrance causeway c.150 feet from the south edge of Tacklemore Wood. (1-3)

Samian and RB coarse potsherds were found on the eroded slope just inside the Wood and were associated by Clark with the later occupation of the fort. The eastern defences are clearly visible on AM/RAF APs.
The fort, centred at SU 93476933, is roughly rectangular in shape and occupies the edge of an escarpment. The northern and western sides are protected by natural scarps, and the eastern by a partially denuded bank and ditch. There are no natural defences on the south and it is likely that a rampart extended along this side but has been obliterated by the later hollow way. At ST 93596939, on the east side, in an apparently original causewayed entrance. The inner scarp of the bank can be seen to continue across this, but it is very slight and would not obstruct entry. Surveyed at 1:2500. (4)
ST 935 694. Nash Hill. Listed in gazetteer as a univallate hillfort. (5)

( 1) The Wiltshire archaeological and natural history magazine (A.J. Clark). 57 - 1958-60 Page(s)16
( 2) Oral information, correspondence (not archived) or staff comments
( 3) Aerial photograph APs. CPE/UK 1821/1042-4, 4.11.1946
( 4) Field Investigators Comments F1 ANK 15-NOV-68
( 5) BAR British series (AHA Hogg) 62 - 1979 Page(s)206
Chance Posted by Chance
21st August 2012ce
Edited 21st August 2012ce

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