ARCHAEOLOGISTS are aiming to find out what lies beneath the Clent Hills.

The National Trust and Wolverhampton Archaeology Group are teaming up to try and find out and a team of archaeologists will soon be descending on the site to investigate.

They will be at the Worcestershire beauty spot every Sunday, from May 1 to June 26, and they will begin by exploring unusual landscape features to try and get a better understanding of when they were made.

The main focus of the work, however, will be on the ruins of Hill Cottage, sometimes referred to as the Ranger’s Cottage, which sits in the valley behind the Four Stones.

Once a destination in its own right - the cottage used to be a tourist hotspot, selling teas to day-trippers who flocked to the hills during the first half of the 20th century.

The National Trust thinks it was built at some point in the late 1700s but evidence suggests people may lived on the site as far back as the early medieval period.

Archaeologists will be working to see if they can find out exactly how early people began living there.

Janine Young, National Trust archaeologist, said: "We’re really excited about this project; so many people love the Clent Hills and have fond memories of visiting them. It will be great to involve our visitors in helping to uncover more about the history of the site.”

People visiting the hills on Sundays in May and June will be able to visit the dig site, chat to the archaeologists, handle some of the finds and have a taste of being an archaeologist themselves.

They will also be able to look at old photographs of the hills and listen to interviews about the site.

Anyone wanting to find out more about the project can call visitor experience manager Laura Smart on 01562 712822 or email