Stonea Camp event

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Archaeologists and a story teller are to welcome people to Stonea Camp hill fort near Wimblington to help bring the story of Fenland and Cambridgeshire to life.

The site, which is scheduled as being of national importance, was the scene of much activity in the Iron Age and Roman periods.

Now people can come and see and hear for themselves for free the story of the site at a special event, including a walk and storytelling, at the hill fort on Wednesday May 9.

The fort formed part of the frontier of the Iceni tribe of Norfolk, who twice rose in revolt against the Roman invaders, the second time under the leadership of their queen, Boudicca. The grisly legacy of these revolts has been excavated at the camp.

The Romans chose the camp to site their ‘town’ that controlled the ownership of the Fenland area, building a large stone building that would have been seen for miles around. The site was later abandoned and is now part of the county council’s farms estate.

Cambridgeshire County council archaeologist Quinton Carroll said “Stonea Camp witnessed some of the earliest struggles in the name of national identity that we know about, and its story is one of the most important, and tragic, in Cambridgeshire. This year we are delighted to have a professional story teller, Paul Jackson to help bring this tale to life.”

This event is supporting the BBC’s “The Great British Story: A People’s History’, a major BBC Learning tour supporting a new series on BBC TWO of the same name, which includes showcase events in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland celebrating local history and helping people find out more about their own personal history as well as that of their local area.

The walk will start at 7pm from the site entrance past Stitches Farm, signposted from the B1093 to Manea. Participants will be guided round the site by David Crawford-White from Oxford Archaeology (East) followed by the story of Stonea by firelight. Please dress suitably.