Warton Crag hilltop enclosure, Warton, Lancashire: Aerial Mapping and Analytical Field Survey

Author(s): Sally Evans, Marcus Jecock, Matthew Oakey

In June 2016 Historic England’s Aerial Investigation & Mapping (AIM) and Assessment Teams North (now both part of the Historic Places Investigation Team within Research Group) were approached by Heritage at Risk (HAR) colleagues in the North West Planning Group to undertake mapping and ground-based investigation of fine resolution (0.25m gridded) lidar data of Warton Crag. The lidar had been commissioned jointly by the HAR team and the Headlands to Headspace (H2H) Landscape Partnership Scheme as part of moves to develop a conservation management plan for a small multi-vallate hilltop enclosure that lies on the summit of the Crag. That monument has traditionally been classified (and is scheduled) as an Iron Age hillfort, but is here re-interpreted as some form of non-defensive hilltop enclosure, possibly dating to the Late Bronze Age.

Report Number:
Research Report
Bronze Age Iron Age Aerial Photograph Interpretation Analytical Landscape Survey Lidar Survey Hilltop Enclosure Hillfort


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