Cotswold Archaeology have been busy excavating the Bronze Age enclosure at Shurton. The enclosure ditch is about 3 metres deep and 2-3 metres wide and the diameter of the enclosure itself is about 50 metres. The size shows that this is a substantial monument and must have taken considerable effort to construct.
Finds from the ditch include pottery sherds, the butchered bones of domesticated animals, red deer and wolf. This suggest that the enclosure may have been used for people to gather together and feast! The discovery of hearths inside the ditch show that the monument may also have been ‘lit up’.
Unfortunately ploughing has destroyed much of the archaeological evidence from the middle of the enclosure, but post-holes from the entrance suggest that a wooden gate once stood here.