Come, learn and roam about at Iceni Stonea Camp

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ARCHAEOLOGISTS and a story teller will be welcoming people to Stonea Camp hill fort, near Wimblington to help bring the story of past 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.

The tour was originally scheduled for the spring but cancelled due to poor weather so has been rearranged for Wednesday (September 12) so people can come to see and hear for themselves the story of the site at a special event at the hill fort for free.

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 Fenlands 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 on Wednesday (September 12) from the site entrance past Stitches Farm, signposted from the B1093 to Manea. Participants will be guided round the site by Stephen Macaulay from Oxford Archaeology (East) followed by the story of Stonea by firelight. Please dress suitably.