From The Neolithic To The Sea: A Journey From The Past To The Present
Fin Cop
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Hillfort
Derbyshire
53° 14′ 9″ N, 1° 44′ 13″ W
SK1755571041
Poor
300BC
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Fin Cop is a damaged Ironage hillfort in Monsal Dale, close to Ashford in the Water, Derbyshire.

The hillfort, which sits high above the River Wye, has been damaged by quarrying and agriculture. It is still possible to make out the footings for a rampart which deteriorate as it runs to the south-west of the site. The outer rampart and ditch are very distinct at the north end. The entrance way is easy to spot.

Recent excavations have unearthed a mass burial containing only women and children, the first such segregated burial in Iron Age Britain. Seven women and children were found, their bodies were dumped in the fort's ditch some 2,300 years ago and they were in amongst the destruction debris of the main defensive wall. They must have died when Fin Cop was sacked, and it's once proud walls were leveled into the ditch - by attackers, as yet unknown.