An archaeological dig is set to take place at Nesscliffe Hillfort to learn more about the history of the area.

The archaeological dig is the result of several years of previous work including habitat management, site protection measures, photographic analysis and geophysical surveys.

Archaeological test pits were also dug and revealed an occupation layer with some layer of second century Roman pottery. The hillfort was probably constructed in the Iron Age, 500 BC.

This archaeological dig is believed to be the first of a hillfort in Shropshire for 40 years.

It will take place from Monday, August 19 to Friday, August 30, but there will be a chance to visit the dig on Wednesday, August 28 where people can witness thousands of years of Shropshire history dating as far back as Iron Age and Roman times, being discovered.

There will also be opportunities to speak with the dig team to learn more about the discoveries, the site and the importance of this project, from 8.30am-5.30pm.

The main aim of the dig is to help improve site interpretation for visitors and support the future management of Nesscliffe Hillfort. The project also aims to make the heritage of Shropshire available to its residents and visitors to the county.

Clare Fildes, interim head of culture and heritage at Shropshire Council, is excited for what is to happen there.

She said: “This is a hugely exciting project and follows the successful archaeological dig that recently took place at Shrewsbury Castle.

“It is important from both a management and visitor point of view that we work to better understand the history of our country parks and heritage sites like Nesscliffe Hillfort so we can preserve them and make them the best possible destinations for people to enjoy.

“It’s great that we are able to work with both Oxford and Southampton Universities and I’m looking forward to what the dig tells us.”

The project is a partnership between Shropshire Council’s outdoor partnerships and natural and historic environment teams with Southampton and Oxford Universities.

Gary Lock, Emeritus Professor of Archaeology at Oxford University and co-director of the excavation, added: “Hillforts are one of the most impressive types of archaeological sites and yet are poorly understood.

"We are hoping that this excavation will help explain how Nesscliffe Hillfort was built and used. It is an important and exciting project and we welcome members of the public to come and see what we are doing.”