Historical Society

Eaton Camp Historical Society

 The Society was set up in August 2010 to raise awareness of the Eaton Camp as a valuable historic monument.  Its members are primarily local residents interested in studying, preserving and promoting Eaton Camp Iron Age Hill Fort in Ruckhall and in learning more about local history.

Since 2010 a number of ‘digs’ have taken place within the fort area using money raised from the Heritage Lottery Fund.  The site has been dated to middle Iron Age period and remains of pig, sheep, dog and goat have been found along with items of pottery and jewellery. 

 The final dig of this project took place in June 2013 on the ‘nose’ of the site and showed us the outline of a roundhouse and the possibility of an underground chamber close by.

 The site is now part of a Conservation Management Plan which has cut many of the trees and cleared a lot of scrub.  Later this year a seat, gifted by the Eaton Bishop Jubilee Committee, will be placed on the ‘nose’ with views across to Credenhill.  Information boards will be placed at both entrances giving lots of information of the hill fort and the surrounding area.

 Organised walks have taken place, usually led by an archaeologist who has pointed out various interesting facts about the area and the hill fort.

 

 If you wish to join the Society annual membership costs £10 for an individual and £15 for a couple.

 Further information on the excavations that have taken place on the hill fort and the reports can be found on Herefordshire Archaeology at www.herefordshire.gov.uk

 For further information about Eaton Camp Historical Society please telephone Caroline Hanks 01981 250239  or Tim Coleman 01981 250111

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