1961 - COMBS FARM

Iron Age/Romano British

Farnsfield

Brian Simmonds

1961 - Combs Farm

Type - Iron Age/Romano-British

Location - Farnsfield. SK631552

Project Leader - Brian Simmonds

 

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This site is one of a group of so-called hill forts first noted by the antiquarian Major Hayman Rooke in 1798. His observations of Nottinghamshire earthworks are reported in the Transactions of the Thoroton Society and can be easily accessed in the Mansfield Woodhouse reference library where laminated prints of his original drawings are accessible.

The site appears as ‘camp’ on the Ordnance Survey maps and our aim was to confirm its precise location and estimate its date of construction. The ditch and its bank were sectioned with a 4 foot wide trench and although, not surprisingly, no dateable artefacts were found, the ditch profile conformed to one of Iron-age date. 

 

However the excavator did note that the well defined slot in the bottom of the ditch, whilst not of the same dimensions as the well known Roman military feature, could have Roman influences. 

 

The report of this excavation and its background can be found in The Transactions of the Thoroton Society 1963 edition pages 9 to 13.

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Two founder members - who can identify them?

OK, they are sitting on the section edge but a good looking class of volunteer you will admit !