On the 5th Day of Christmas…

The competition gave to me …

a snow covered Castle Hill,

                     a sweeping digger in the snow, a frosty Grimspound, a Lewis chess piece, and a snow capped Avebury.


Jason Dodds the HER Officer at West Yorkshire Archaeology Advisory Service (WYAAS) submitted this photo of Castle Hill situated in Almondbury, south of Huddersfield. © WYAAS.

The monument includes the remains of a late Bronze Age or Early Iron Age univalate hillfort, a later Iron Age multivalate hillfort, a twelfth century motte and bailey castle and (as has been suggested) the site of a deserted medieval village, although this is now doubtful. Evidence for occupation and development of the site comes from a series of partial excavations carried out by W.J. Varley between 1939 and 1973.

Related resources

You can find out more about Castle Hill in the West Yorkshire Archaeological Service Geophysical Survey Archive which includes the survey report, and the gradiometer data files.

And if castles are you thing you might like to check out the Norwich, Castle Mall archive by the Norfolk Archaeological Unit.