Tales from Stonea Camp

Local archaeologists and a story teller will welcome people to Stonea Camp hill fort, near Wimblington and help bring the story of Fenland and Cambridgeshire to life.

The site, which is scheduled as being of national importance, was the scene of some of the most important events surrounding the Iceni and Romans in the Fens.

People can come and discover for themselves the story of the site at a special event, including a guided walk and then storytelling, at the Iron Age fort tonight, 22 May.

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 site near to the Camp for their ‘town’ that was to control the area, building a large stone tower that would have been seen for miles around.

Stephen Macaulay, Senior Project Manager Oxford Archaeology East said: “Stonea Camp is a wonderful site and one of the most important archaeological sites in East Anglia, if not Britain itself. Indeed it is perhaps the first site in the whole of Britain which enters the historical, as well as archaeological record and people should take this opportunity to discover its secrets”.

Stonea Camp is between March and Ely, off the B1093 Wimblington to Manea road. It is a County Farms Pocket park and open to the public throughout the year. Meet at the car park by the Nissan Hut beyond Stitches Farm at the end of the track at 7pm. The walk and storytelling are both free and there is no need to book in advance. Most of the site is accessible for people with restricted mobility. Please dress suitably.

This guided walk is just one in a series of guided walks and events organised by Cambridgeshire Archaeology throughout the county.

For further details on this or any other guided walks on the ancient monuments please contact Cambridgeshire Archaeology (01223) 728564. Details are also on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website, follow the links to archaeology. http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/leisure/archaeology/