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Iron Age hill fort found at a construction site | ArchaeoFeed
Excavations at the construction site of a ticket office of Margate Caves, Kent, United Kingdom, unearthed remains of an Iron Age hillfort into which a 17th century chalk mine was cut. Overview of the site (by Kent Online) The Margate Caves, also known as Vortigern's Cavern, are a set of galleries formed by a chalk mine radiating out from a rectangular shaft. The chalk mine was probably worked between the late 17th and early 18th centuries. Archaeologists discovered a defensive ditch during their routine work. The structure was part of the hillfort's defences, part of a wider encampment believed to have been a defensive position since pre-history through to the Napoleonic era. Among other finds are large quantities of Stone Age pottery, and huge postholes of Iron Age buildings dated by large amounts of Iron Age pottery. Experts believe the inhabitants of the hillfort were either slaughtered or forced to flee the area. Excavations at the site (by Kent Online) The Margate Caves were