Ham Hill, Stoke Sub Hamdon, Somerset: Report on Geophysical Surveys, November 2013

Zoe Edwards, Ian Hardwick, Neil Linford, Paul Linford, Andy Payne

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Abstract / Description of output

Ham Hill is an unusually large Iron Age hillfort rich in the remains of later prehistoric and Roman activity, that has in part been quarried for building stone since the Roman period to the present day. A caesium magnetometer survey (9.2ha) and small area of earth resistance coverage (0.2ha) was undertaken over Butchers Hill to the south of the monument to augment the results of previous geophysical survey and intrusive investigations taking place in advance of a new phase of quarry expansion. In addition, a trial area of ground penetrating radar (0.4ha) was conducted over the remains of a known Roman corridor villa to complement the results from the original excavation and previous geophysical surveys. The current results successfully confirm the evidence for extensive occupation activity within the hillfort suggested by the previous geophysical surveys and provide some additional detail to enhance the understanding and future management of the monument.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherHistoric England
Commissioning bodyHistoric England
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jan 2015

Publication series

NameResearch Department Reports
PublisherHistoric England
ISSN (Print)2046-9799
ISSN (Electronic)2046-9802

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • caesium vapour
  • earth resistance
  • geophysical survey
  • ground penetrating radar
  • Iron Age
  • magnetometer
  • prehistoric
  • Roman
  • settlement
  • villa
  • enclosure


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