Monument record 0632102000 - Taplow Hillfort: Iron Age hillfort


Iron Age hillfort excavated at Taplow Court

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded


Type and Period (2)

  • HILLFORT (Early Iron Age to Middle Iron Age - 700 BC to 101 BC)
  • MULTIVALLATE HILLFORT (Early Iron Age to Middle Iron Age - 700 BC to 101 BC)


Absolute dating suggests that at least 200 years after the Late Bronze Age V-profile ditch had been cut and sometime after it had been filled, a second, U-profile ditch was dug, and its associated rampart constructed, in the early-middle Iron Age, c. 480-400 cal BC. Even though the U-profile ditch runs parallel to the V-profile ditch, there was probably a significant hiatus between the two. The old ditch may have been visible as a hollow. The rampart was timber-laced and had been burnt in places; the remains of charred timber lacing were found. The defences seem to have been destroyed quite soon after they were constructed (B3).

Sources (6)

  • ---SBC20136 Photograph: Sandy Kidd (BCC). 1999. Photographs taken during Oxford Archaeology's Open Day at Taplow Hill Fort. 35mm. Print. 3in x 5in.
  • ---SBC20137 Photograph: Sandy Kidd. 1999. Colour and B/W photograhs taken of Oxford Archaeology's area excavation of Taplow Hillfort. 35mm. 3in x 5in.
  • <1>SBC20135 Article in serial: Tim Allen & Hugo Lamdin-Whymark. 2001. 'The Taplow Hillfort', in Current Archaeology 175. 175.
  • <2>SBC22435 Unpublished document: Oxford Archaeology. 2005. Taplow Court (Phase 2), Taplow: Archaeological Evaluation Report.
  • <3>SBC22946 Unpublished document: Oxford Archaeology. 2007. Taplow Court, Buckinghamshire: Draft Publication Report. pp 79-81, 100.
  • <4>SBC22947 Unpublished document: Wessex Archaeology. 1998. Taplow Court, Taplow, Buckinghamshire.


Grid reference SU 90667 82369 (point)
Civil Parish TAPLOW, South Bucks, Buckinghamshire

Finds (0)

Related Monuments/Buildings (4)

Related Events/Activities (3)

  • Event - Intervention: Area excavation of hillfort at Taplow Court (EBC16343)
  • Event - Intervention: Evaluation trial trenching (Ref: TAPC 05) (EBC16605)
  • Event - Intervention: Evaluation trial trenching at Taplow Court (EBC16342)

Record last edited

Sep 14 2007 11:40AM

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