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19 September 2009
Excavation on Iron Age hilllort in Cheshire

Habitats and Hillforts team members have carried out an archaeological sample excavation on the Iron Age hill fort above Frodsham (Cheshire, England) known as Woodhouse Hill. The aim was to provide information to help future management of the site which is owned by the Woodland Trust. The excavation served as a training opportunity for more than 40 local volunteers as well as students from Chester and Liverpool universities. All involved were given training in basic archaeological recording techniques under the supervision of professional archaeologists.
     Artefacts recovered from the work ranged in date from Neolithic flint tools (4000 - 2000 BCE) to a glass bottle from about 1900. Habitats and Hill Forts is a three year Heritage Lottery funded landscape project focused on the mid-Cheshire Ridge and it is being hosted by Cheshire West and Chester Council. Pictures and a summary of the results of the work at Woodhouse Hill are available for viewing on the Habitats and Hillforts website: www.habitatsandhillforts.co.uk. The next investigatory archaeological excavation will be carried out on Helsby Hill.

Sources: The Chester Standard, The Chester Leader (16 September 2009)

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