Surveying at Capler Camp
In 1924 the archaeologist G H Jack
excavated 15 trenches on Capler Camp Iron Age
hill-fort, Brockhampton. The
defensive ditches were found to have been cut into the
natural rock of the hill, but no internal ditches,
pits or post-holes were found and the conclusion was
that Capler hill-fort had never been occupied.
Eighty years later we did some
geophysical surveying at Capler. Not all the results
have been analysed but our conclusions are very
different from those of G H Jack.
On Monday 20th March we
completed the geophysical survey that was started on
On Friday 10th
March, grid positions were established by GPS, and on
Saturday 11th the survey proper began under the guidance
of Anne and Martin Roseveare of
The results of the geophysics show a round feature.
This is almost beyond doubt an Iron Age round-house.
It has a pair of large post holes marking an
east-facing entrance. There appears to be a stone
floor with a central fire pit and an adjacent storage
Data from these surveys is quite complex and
although some results are immediately apparent, post
fieldwork processing will remove 'background' and give
a clearer picture of what is below the ground.