The 1976 Excavation
Although Brian Hope-Taylor’s excavations were confined to the north of the modern road that bisects the knoll, aerial photographs recording rectangular buildings show that the 6th-7th century settlement extended across the whole of the knoll.
In 1976 excavations to the south of the road demonstrated early Neolithic domestic activity in the form of pits containing ‘Carinated Ware’ (3940-3380BC). Sometime around 2000BC a ritual enclosure with an outer bank (henge) was constructed, with a crouched burial set at its western entrance.
The discovery of a boundary fence, and pits containing evidence of metal-working (crucibles, slag and clay), suggest that during the 6th-7th century this quarter of the settlement may have been reserved for industrial workshops.