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Old Oswestry Hillfort Reports

Old Oswestry Hillfort (PAST, Newsletter of The Prehistoric Society)

Tim Malim provides an update on Old Oswestry Hillfort, Shropshire for The Prehistoric Society’s newsletter, PAST. The article looks at recent excavations, the first since 1939-40 undertaken by Bill Varley and Brian St. John O’Neil.

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Heritage Statement : Old Port Farm

Dr George Nash was commissioned by the Hands Off Old Oswestry Hillfort Campaign Group (HOOOH) to prepare a Heritage Statement on land that surrounds the eastern and southern hinterlands of Old Oswesty Hillfort (hill enclosure1) – referred to in this report as the ‘Study Area’. The Study Area incorporates the sites of Old Port Farm, Whittington, a section of Wat’s Dyke and evidence of ancient ridge and furrow fields between the hillfort and the A5 bypass.

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The Epona Stone

Report by Professor George Nash
Department of Archaeology & Anthropology, University of Bristol


Professor George Nash was invited by Rodney Farmer to verify a relatively recent-discovered engraved stone which currently stands in the Oswestry Town Museum.

The stone was recovered during an archaeological watching brief in February 2008 from undergrowth near the main entrance to the hillfort, close to the western outer ramparts of Old Oswestry Hillfort (Figure 1). The stone, along with another was found close to a mature hedge and their location may be the result of historic tillage/field clearance. The stone weighs around 100 kg and was partially buried in top soil (Rodney Farmer pers comm.). It was initially examined by Heather Hidden (Oswestry and Borders History and Archaeology Group) and Maggie Rowlands. Later inspection of the stone by Margaret Worthington and Maggie Rowlands in late March 2008 noted possible engravings on two of its faces.

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Geophysical Investigations 2021

C M Matthews MRes BSc
Produced on behalf of The Oswestry Heritage Gateway Community Group


This report describes the results of an archaeological geophysical investigation undertaken at the site of Old Oswestry Hillfort near Oswestry, Shropshire. The investigations were conducted by Archaeological Survey West LLP (ASW) and consisted of high resolution magnetic gradiometry undertaken within the interior of the enclosure. The objective of the survey was to identify features of potential archaeological interest. The results have identified extensive WW1 trenching, rectangular structures and possible ring gullies associated with Iron Age roundhouses.

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Photogrammetric Survey of Old Oswestry – by UAV/drone

This detailed photographic drone survey of the hillfort by Mark Walters of SkyWest Surveys allows you to move around the monument in a 3D digital model so you can experience the terrain and features in a different way from when visiting it on the ground. You can also download higher resolution data to explore and analyse it from your laptop.
Visit the website to see the model.



1 Comment

  1. Exciting discovery ! Thank you for publishing the report. It shows how important a lump of stone can be ! I hope others come to light because I am sure they will provide a clearer picture.

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