Understanding Warton Crag Iron Age hillfort

3D Lidar fly-over Warton Crag 'Iron Age hillfort' - data captured by Bluesky International Ltd. and commissioned and funded by Headlands to Headspace Scheme .

Warton Crag Iron Age hillfort is a Scheduled Anicent Monument and currently on Historic England’s Heritage at Risk register.

As part of our H2H Scheme, we have been working to understand what remains on the site and help to develop appropriate land management which balances the needs of the archaeology of the site with the natural heritage and environmental importance of the site.

We have delivered:

  • Collection of new LIDAR survey data (carried out in February 2016) as part of moves to develop a conservation management plan for this small multi-vallate hilltop enclosure that lies on the summit of the Crag
  • Analysis of the LiDAR data (with the help of partners including Historic England, and David Ratledge):

Historic England has undertaken mapping and ground-based investigation of the fine resolution (0.25m gridded) lidar data of Warton Crag. The monument has traditionally been classified (and is scheduled) as an Iron Age hillfort, but is here re-interpreted as some form of non-defensive hilltop enclosure, possibly dating to the Late Bronze Age. Find out more here.

We are working on:

  • Landscape survey of site to define feature and produce a Level 3 record (Historic England team using RCHME survey and LIDAR data as a guide), including a record of vegetation (working in partnership with H2H Natural Heritage Officer/RSBP/Lancashire Wildlife Trust)
  • Clearance of vegetation in target areas by voluntary groups
  • Interpretation and dissemination of results

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