Bussock Camp

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Bussock Camp
Bussock Camp geograph-1224010-by-D-Gore.jpg
Bussock Camp, viewed through the entrance to the north of the fort
Bussock Camp is located in Berkshire
Bussock Camp
Shown within Berkshire
Location Berkshire
Coordinates 51°27′02″N 1°19′40″W / 51.4505°N 1.3279°W / 51.4505; -1.3279
History
Periods Iron Age
Site notes
Public access private land

Bussock Camp is the site of an Iron Age bivallate hillfort located in Berkshire. It has a double bank and ditch to the south and east, with only a single bank remaining the north and western sides. The entrance is to the north of the site and is believed to be original,[1] and the site encloses approximately 11 acres[2]

The site lies within a private estate on Phillip's Hill, and within Bussock Wood. There are various lanes and paths running through the wood, however none of them appear as public rights of way. There is a public bridle path that runs east to west, slightly to the south of the site. Apparently the site is accessible in May, when the woods are opened to the public to view the fine display of bluebells.

It is thought that the site was occupied as early as the 6th century BC, and probably supported a fluctuating population of up to 300 ancient Britons over several hundred years.[3] Bussock Hill and Bussock Hill House are sited close by on a slightly separate prominence to the south-east.

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The site is located at grid reference SU467724, and to the south of the village of Chieveley, in the county of Berkshire. The site lies at a level of just over 145m AOD.

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