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WINCOBANK CAMP

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The remains of an Iron Age slight univallate hillfort overlooking the Don Valley. The hillfort comprises an oval enclosure with an internal area of 1.1 hectares surrounded by a single rampart with an external ditch and counterscarp bank. A partial excavation of the rampart and counterscarp was carried out in 1899 by E Howarth. In 1979 a watching brief was carried out during the cutting of a drainage ditch through the north east rampart. Howarth found that the rampart was originally built as a wall 5.5 metres thick consisting of large stones facing a core of earth and rubble bonded by timber lacing. The counterscarp bank was built from earth and stone cast up from the ditch. Radio-carbon dates from the trench cut in 1979 indicate a construction date of circa 500 BC while burnt and vitrified stone and charred timber found by Howarth show that the rampart was destroyed by fire. Scheduled.

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