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Galley Hill (Sandy)



Tour of Newly Excavated Bedfordshire Hillfort

It seems you can go on a tour of the fort on the 29th June:

also, from Biggleswade Today

Excavations to try and unearth buried secrets of an Iron Age fort began at a Sandy nature reserve this week.

Archaeologists are carrying out a one-week dig on Sandy Warren's Galley Hill Fort in a joint project between English Heritage and the RSPB.

It is hoped the £12,000 project will shed light on who lived there and what the area, believed to date back to 250BC, was used for.

Peter Bradley, RSPB site manager, said: "The reason for the work is, as far as we know, it has never been dug in the past and we would like to know more about it, particularly for when it is opened up to the public in a couple of years' time.

"The idea is it would be seen from a very long way away by other tribes. It could have been defensive or a market place, or where people lived. We don't know yet what use this fort had."

A JCB digger is being used to excavate the banks and bore holes will be dug to uncover any remains.

[Lots of the land at the RSPB site here is being cleared of trees to return it to heathland - so it should be easier to see how it fits into the local landscape?]
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
2nd June 2006ce
Edited 2nd June 2006ce

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