Parking & TOAL: 51.282268, -1.839873
I parked in the free car park and TOAL'd from there. Note, the eastern edge of the camp is within Upavon FRZ, hence TOAL from the car park, which is outside. However, the camp and surrounding area is in Larkhill danger area, so be aware of your surroundings if flying here.
Casterley Camp is an Iron Age univallate hillfort in Wiltshire. The site comprises a large Iron Age/Romano-British enclosure, possibly non-defensive in function, and incomplete. The site was partially excavated in the 19th century.
There are many indications of prehistoric settlement. There was substantial activity on the downs in Neolithic and Bronze Age times and finds include an axe and arrowheads at Casterley Camp.
Casterley Camp itself is probably the earliest settlement and must have been communal with several families living here in the Iron Age. The village, founded in the early Iron Age, was enclosed by a bank and ditch that wsa pierced by three entrances. It is a large site and there were separate enclosures within this bank. The site was occupied throughout the period and much pottery and many implements were found by the Cunningtons in excavation here. These included a spearhead and hammer head, brooches, a button and saddle querns for grinding corn. The pottery included locally made utensils and items imported from present day French and Belgium. The central complex, probably the settlement itself, covers nine acres and this is surrounded by ditched enclosures, opening out of one another, in the 62 acres enclosed by the outer bank.
Occupation of Casterley Camp continued throughout the Roman period and finds include Samian ware pottery, coins from Claudius to Constantine, and items such as pins, bronze earpicks, tweezers, iron knives, nails and brooches.
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Co-ordinates: 51.28065, -1.83548 • what3words: ///confusion.starch.available