This site is for students in my class A Brief History of Roman Britain. Links to articles, interesting websites and other blogs will be posted here. This site will also provide a forum for class members to interact outside of the classroom and share information they have found with the rest of the class.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Top Ten Iron Age Hill Forts In Britain

Heritage Daily's "Top Ten Iron Age Hill Forts In Britain" starts off with Maiden Castle at Number One (of course) and includes an interactive Google Map satellite window that is zoomed in on each site.
A hill fort is a type of earthworks used as a fortified refuge or defended settlement, located to exploit a rise in elevation for defensive advantage.

The fortification usually follows the contours of a hill, consisting of one or more lines of earthworks, with stockades or defensive walls, and external ditches. Hill forts developed in the Late Bronze and Early Iron Age, roughly the start of the first millennium BC, and were in use by the ancient Britons until the Roman conquest. There are around 3,300 structures that can be classed as hillforts or similar “defended enclosures” within Britain, all worthy of considering. The following list represents ten of the most impressive examples.
Well worth taking time for a look-at.

Another Heritage Daily page details the possibility that some Iron Age hill forts also had suburbs.

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