Keys to the Past

Glossary

Hillfort

Hillforts are large enclosures on the top of hills surrounded by one or more earthworks Usually the ramparts also have a ditch running alongside them. They usually contain the remains of round houses and other buildings. Although they may have their origin in the Bronze Age (2300BC to 800BC) or even earlier they were most commonly built in the Iron Age (800BC to AD43). They may have continued to be used into the Roman period.

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