Maiden Castle

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Dorchester, England

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Huge and complex Iron Age 'castle' but - - - Nov 09, 2010
The word 'castle' often summons up a picture of walls, ramparts, pinnacles and towers - but not in the Iron Age. Here the castle is a huge earthwork with many different levels, paths and ditches. It was built on the site of a far older neolithic defence and is the largest of such monuments in England.

Myth: numerous Brits gathered here when the Romans were known to have reached the coast of Gaul (France) and to be likely to invade. Much good it did them! The castle fell to the Romans at the first attack. Like many settlements of the time its weakness was its main entrance.

Fact: There is little evidence of this and it could well be that the gateway collapsed. certainly the 'castle' was used by the Romans, at least up to the 4th century.

Anyway, try to see it - whatever you have read, the sheer size is likely to have you fairly dumbstruck.
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