Hillfort Life

These artefacts illustrate the long history of hill top occupation. Most of the finds date to the Iron Age, but there is increasing evidence for the re-use of old hillforts in the later Iron Age and into the post-Roman era.

Typically the domestic artefacts recovered from hillforts are unspectacular. It is rare to discover the iron tools and artefacts that would have been essential to daily life. The Iron Age pottery tradition was utilitarian, often the pots were bucket–shaped and they are rarely decorated. The examples on display here are unusually elaborate from central Scotland.

The working of iron and bronze must have been commonplace, but evidence of metalworking is rare. The discovery of a crucible and waste from bronze casting on Dunknock, Dunning is a remarkable survival.

Perhaps the most enduring type of artefact found on hillforts is the axe. All of the examples on display here have come from hillforts in the SERF study area. The ceremonial stone battle axe dates to the Neolithic dawn of hillfort use, the socketed bronze axe is typical of the Bronze Age toolkit, while the rare socketed iron axe would have once been commonplace.

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