Archaeology of Bredon Hill and the Carrant Valley
The archaeology of Bredon Hill and the Carrant Valley is
probably the wealthiest in Worcestershire. It has long been a focus
for archaeological work as the map below shows. Many of these
discoveries have been associated with quarrying for sand and gravel
alongside the Carrant Brook. The fertile and well-drained land has
attracted local communities for a long period of time, first as
gatherers and hunters, and later as farmers.
Prehistoric evidence includes:
- Palaeolithic handaxes and other stone tools from Aston Mill
Quarry and Beckford Quarry,
- Mesolithic flints from Aston Mill Quarry, Huntsman's Quarry in
Kemerton and from Beckford Quarry,
- A small Neolithic henge (hengiform) at Westmancote,
- Late Neolithic ring-ditches - the ploughed out remains of
barrows – at Aston Mill Quarry and Huntsman's Quarry, Kemerton
- Beaker burials on Bredon Hill,
- Beaker pits and extensive evidence for Late Bronze Age
settlement at Huntsman's Quarry, Kemerton,
- Iron Age hillforts at Kemerton Camp, Conderton Camp and
possibly at Elmley Castle,
- Iron Age farmsteads south-west of Kemerton village, at Aston
Mill Quarry, and at Beckford Quarry.
Romano-British evidence includes:
- Farmsteads at Kemerton, Aston Mill, Beckford and
- A wealthy farmstead (perhaps a villa) and other closely-spaced
settlements at Nettlebeds, Elmont Field and Overbury Wood in
Conderton and Overbury.
Anglo-Saxon evidence includes:
- Cemeteries at Beckford,
- Settlements at Kemerton Water Treatment Works and Aston Mill
Move on to Early Medieval Cemeteries and
This page was last reviewed 15 May 2013 at 21:33.
The page is next due for review 11 November 2014.