The Trundle

Singleton, Sussex


NGRef: SU877110
OSMap: LR197
Sitetype: Nce/IAf

The Neolithic Causewayed Camp

The Neolithic causewayed camp enclosed an area of around 3 acres (c.1.2ha) by means of a spiral ditch which encircled the central ritual area several times and was crossed by causeways at irregular intervals. The flexed skeleton of a young woman was found buried in this ditch beneath a pile of small chalk blocks. Bone fragments from the site have been dated to c.3,000BC.

The Iron-Age Hillfort

Around 250BC the entire site was enclosed by the octagonal defenses of an Iron-Age hillfort. These fortifications enclosed an area of about 13½ acres (c.5ha) and comprised a single rampart and ditch with a small counterscarp bank. There were inturned entrances on the east and west sides. Building work at the site seems to have continued until about 50BC. The hill itself, which overlooks Goodwood Park racecourse, dominates a wide area.