Gilchrist Promontory Fort
Aerial photography (see below) shows crop marks for a series of banks and ditches that cut off a small promontory that once projected into a kettle hole (now drained), but nothing distinguishes it at ground level. Excavation is required to ascertain whether the banks and ditches represent the landward defences of a promontory fort and when they were constructed. Forts of that type are often considered to be Iron Age but at present we have no idea of the age of this feature. The proposed excavations will examine the banks and ditches that cut off the promontory as well as any internal structures. The site was excavated in September 2018, see our Blog Post for a summary of what we discovered.
Above: Gilchrist, oblique aerial view, taken from the E, centred on the cropmarks of a promontory fort. Gilchrist Church is visible in the bottom left-hand corner of the photograph (RCAHMS).
Above: Artist's impressions of the fort by Pat Haynes. Below: 3D models of excavation trenches by James McComas.
Above and Below: Aerial quadcopter views by Andy Hickie - Summer 2018.