Little is known about the hillfort which lies to the north of Sutton Bank National Park Centre. Around one third of the hillfort’s original defences still survive. These consisted of a rampart, external ditch and outer bank which enclosed at least two round barrows or burial mounds from the early Bronze Age.
Much of the defences were levelled during the 1960’s, in order to incorporate the area into arable fields, and it is hoped that the excavation will expose the surviving parts and that investigation of these will help with their partial restoration. The excavation will also look at the hillfort’s original construction, its subsequent defensive uses and its relationship to other features in the wider landscape such as the neighbouring hillfort at Roulston Scar and the Cleave Dyke pre-historic boundary system.