Stonea Camp


NGRef: TL448930
OSMap: LR142/143
Sitetype: IAf

Iron-Age Hillfort

Occupied from the first century BC to c.40-60AD. Situated on a former island in the Cambridgeshire fens, this hillfort is the possible site of the battle in 47AD between the Iceni and the forces of the second governor of Britain, Publius Ostorius Scapula. This battle, mentioned in Tacitus (Annales XII,xxxii), was won by the Romans, who surrounded the encampment with auxiliary forces possibly under the overall command of the general's son, Marcus Ostorius, who was awarded the Corona Civica for saving a Roman citizen's life during the course of the engagement. Physical evidence for this includes what appears to have been the deliberate slighting of the hillforts defences by filling in part of the surrounding ditch with turves from the rampart. At this same period a Roman fort was built at Saham Toney, 45km to the east, to watch over another Icenian settlement.