Monday, May 4, 2020

Lost Bronze Age hill forts discovered in Devon

The 100ft wide circle on a hilltop above Berry Pomeroy (Image: Darren Murray)

Amateur archaeologist and photographer Darren Murray believes he has discovered two hidden ancient monuments during lockdown by using his local knowledge and a new type of laser light technology.

The county archaeologist is now looking into the find. Darren, a well-known local photographer from Brixham, says there are two previously undiscovered Bronze Age hilltop forts on the outskirts of Paignton. He used a LIDAR computer programme which has traced lost Mayan pyramids in the jungles of South America. It works by revealing in 3D the shape of the ground beneath the trees.

Darren also used photography filters which made previously hard to spot details leap out. His photographs reveal in detail the exciting 100ft wide structures. He believes they are clear pictures of uni-vellate single ring fortresses, possibly built by the Dumnonii tribe which inhabited Devon and Cornwall.

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