Wessex Archaeology is proud to announce that it has been commissioned by The Chilterns Conservation Board to supply reconstruction painting of six Iron Age hillforts. We are one of a series of artists engaged to bring the past to life, by reconstructing one of the largest collections of hillforts in the UK. 

This is part of an exciting four year project which is part-funded and supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The broader project aims to “inspire and engage local communities to discover and appreciate the Chilterns' Iron Age hillforts and their prehistoric chalk landscapes”. Opportunities will be provided by the Chilterns Conservation Board for public involvement through remote sensing and survey, practical excavation, and research. They are also planning a programme of events as well as the creation of a set of educational activities.

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Many of the hillforts are poorly preserved, but the project aims to use data from a LiDAR survey covering 1400 km2, as a base to build the reconstruction on. Using careful research and comparative information, it is hoped the resulting reconstructions will depict the sites as accurately as possible, showing how they looked in the Chilterns landscape back in the Iron Age.

The work will be undertaken this summer/autumn and aims to provide a set of engaging images to be used in a variety of community materials and on information panels, as well as to be distributed via the project website https://www.chilternsaonb.org/projects/beacons-of-the-past.html

By Karen Nichols, Studio Manager

Reconstruction of Cadbury Camp, copyright Jennie Anderson
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