Combs Farm 1961

Type;  Iron age/ Romano-British

Location;  Famsfield, SK 631552

Project leader Brian Simmonds


This site is one of a group of so-called hill forts first noted by the

antiquarian Major Hayman Rooke in 1798. His observations of

Nottinghamshire earthworks are reported in the Transactions of the Thoroton

Society and can be easily accessed in the Mansfield Woodhouse

reference library where laminated prints of his original drawings are


The site appears as ‘camp’ on the Ordnance Survey maps and our aim was to

confirm its precise location and estimate its date of construction. The ditch

and its bank were sectioned with a 4 foot wide trench and although, not

surprisingly, no dateable artifacts were found, the ditch profile conformed to

one of Iron-age date. However the excavator did note that the well defined

slot in the bottom of the ditch, whilst not of the same dimensions as the well known

Roman military feature, could have Roman influences.

The report of this excavation and its background can be found in The

Transactions of the Thoroton Society 1963 edition pages 9 to 13.

Comb Farm diggers jpg

Two founder members.....who can identify them ?


O.k. they are sitting on the section edge but a good looking class of volunteer you will admit !