Race against time to save hill fort
|The hill fort site at Embury Beacon [Credit: North Devon Gazette]|
Previous surveys suggest that the monument may have enclosed the crest of a prominent coastal headland, most of which has eroded away in the last 2,000 years.
The current excavations, which began on April 16 by a team of volunteers, are examining how the original entrance opened.
Justin Seedhouse, National Trust Ranger, said: ““We have enjoyed involving local schools in the digs.
“Woolsery Primary School got their hands dirty learning to be trainee archaeologists and hearing about the history of the fort here, and we have Hartland Primary School also coming to visit.”
The excavation is part of the ‘unlocking our coastal heritage’ project, supported by the Rural Development Programme for England, which aims to improve the visitor experience along the South West Coast Path National Trail.
The excavation is being undertaken by AC archaeology in collaboration with the National Trust, English Heritage and SWCP Team.
Author: Sarah Howells | Source: North Devon Gazette [May 06, 2012]