UK dig reveals 'sizeable' amount of Iron Age artefacts
|Ancient human remains have also been found at the site, a former Iron Age fort [Credit: BBC]|
The finds include spears, knives, iron brooches, reaping hooks and the decorative bronze trim from a shield. Burrough Hill is the site of an Iron Age fort but no major excavation had taken place there since the 1970s.
The current five-year dig is being run by the University of Leicester. Dr Jeremy Taylor, the project director, said: "It's certainly a sizeable collection and it's giving us some useful insights.
|A huge quantity of artefacts were recovered at Burrough Hill, including this glass bead [Credit: BBC]|
Dr Taylor believes iron was not smelted on the site but he said they have found evidence that blacksmiths at Burrough may have shaped it into the final objects.
|A pin bone was among the discoveries [Credit: BBC]|
The team's final dig will take place in June and July, after which Dr Taylor said he hopes the finds will be exhibited permanently in Melton.
|Spears, bones and a complete ring were unearthed [Credit: BBC]|
A Leicestershire County Council spokesman said: "These finds at Burrough Hill by the University of Leicester are of significant importance.
"We would hope that in the future we would be able to display these items locally."
Source: BBC News Website [April 18, 2013]