More than just a view

Uncovering hidden secrets

The archaeological remains at Crickley Hill all point to a long and violent history. Recent archaeological excavations have revealed a brutal history. Although little remains today, there's evidence that people lived on the hilll from the early Neolithic Period right up until the fifth century AD.

Violent past

Crickley Hill is well known amongst historians and archaeologists for its recurring violence. The first structures on the hill date back to 3500-2500 BC and included an enclosure with a causeway. It was rebuilt several times, but after being aggressively attacked it was finally abandoned in the Neolithic Period.

 

Iron Age

The abandoned enclosure and causeway were replaced by an Iron Age Hill Fort. This would have been a triangular patch on top of the hill covering almost nine acres and would have been home to about 100 people. A rubble-cored timber laced rampart surrounded the settlement, and a rock-cut, flat-bottomed ditch paralleled the rampart.

 

The final battle

Despite their best efforts to protect the fort, in the sixth century BC, it was burned and abandoned. Over 400 arrowheads were discovered at its entrance, evidence of the bloody battle that took place.

 

Archaeology

As the soil is thin on the hill, evidence of Crickley's history lies close to the surface and hidden just beneath the grassland. The site has been excavated many times and is now considered to be of international importance.