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Bury Down



There is an interesting news item about Bury Down Fort in the Cornwall Archaeological Unit’s Review of 1995-6, which comments “Bury Down Fort in Lanreath (SX188594) is an excellent example of an Iron Age hillslope fort. The inner rampart is particularly well preserved except in one section where stock erosion had created a bare, vertical scar over 10 metres long. Increase gorse growth was also a problem in places. The owners, the Tamblyns of Botelet, were very sympathetic to proposals to repair the erosion and so in September 1995 a team from the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers spent a week on Bury Down, cutting scrub and re-forming the eroded rampart. A timber revetment was constructed, to retain the soil filled sandbags which were used to fill the scar. Soil laid over the top of the sand bags was held in place with geojute mating and the whole thing finally turfed over”.

If you fancy buying a copy of the Cornwall Archaeological Unit’s Review of 1995-6, called ‘Archaeology Alive No 4’, check out the CAU’s website, which I’ve added on the ‘Links’ page. It is currently being flogged off cheap at £1. No more info on this hill fort, except for a picture taken during the restoration, but a good read in general. The CAU also do lots of other interesting publications, and all in all they seem like real dudes.
pure joy Posted by pure joy
14th March 2003ce
Edited 14th March 2003ce

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