Bronze Age hill­fort dig un­der way

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Ar­chae­ol­o­gists have de­scended on one of Mo­ray’s most fa­mous hills to dig up more ev­i­dence of a Bronze Age fort.

Cluny Hill in For­res is the site of ex­ca­va­tions for the next two weeks, as a team of ex­perts and vol­un­teers in­ves­ti­gate the re­mains of a fort dat­ing from ap­prox­i­mately 800 BC.

This is the sec­ond year of the dig af­ter ra­dio­car­bon dat­ing of sam­ples proved the ex­is­tence of the hill­fort.

A hill­fort is a site usu­ally used as a for­ti­fied refuge or a de­fended set­tle­ment, tak­ing ad­van­tage of the rise in the land to do this.

Stonework and paving dis­cov­ered so far on Cluny Hill have pro­vided ev­i­dence of an iron smelt­ing lo­ca­tion, with the stones po­ten­tially form­ing part of the hearth.

The dig is on un­til Fri­day Septem­ber 21 and is run through the Friends of the Fal­coner Mu­seum and funded with cash from the Ber­ry­burn Wind Farm Com­mu­nity Fund.

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