By Ian Randall For Mailonline
Published: 14:00 BST, 7 September 2020 | Updated: 14:23 BST, 7 September 2020
Archaeologists working on top of Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh have uncovered the remains of an ancient hillfort thought to date back up to 3,000 years ago.
The prehistoric walls atop the extinct volcano were built by the Votadini — an Iron-Age Celtic tribe who once lived in southeast Scotland and northeast England.
The Votadini were also responsible for the burial site at Traprain Law in East Lothian — which was also thought to have been their capital.
Finds from Traprain Law — which include Roman coins from the continent — suggest the Votadini were ultimately Romanized and assimilated into early Scottish culture.
Archaeologists working on top of Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh have uncovered the remains of an ancient hillfort, pictured, thought to date back up to 3,000 years ago
The excavation work on Arthur's seat's north face — which presently comprises three trenches — is being conducted by CFA Archaeology in collaboration with Historic Environment Scotland.
'More results from Arthur's Seat! The wall line of what we think is the fort's rampart is still surviving despite erosion,' CFA Archaeology tweeted last week.
'Hard work to get our tools up the hill, but worth it for the view!' they added.
Previous digs on the 820 feet (250 metre) high summit had revealed 18 feet (5.4 metres) -thick stone walls, reaching around 4 feet (1.2 metres) tall, that blocked off one side of the peak — while shear cliffs protected the other.
Archaeologists have also discovered evidence that the Votadini used part of the land within the hilltop settlement for farming — and