Maiden Castle

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Among the largest and most complex of Iron Age hillforts in Europe, Maiden Castles huge multiple ramparts enclose an area equivalent to 50 football pitches, protecting several hundred residents. Excavations in the 1930s and 1980s revealed the site's 4,000 year history, reaching its apogee at a time of inter tribal rivalry in the 2nd century BC. They also produced evidence of an extensive late Iron Age cemetery. Many of the burials had suffered horrific injuries in attacks or skirmishes, perhaps at the time of the Roman invasion.

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Earthwork castle:5.9/10
Tomb:5.3/10
Popularity rank: #3295

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2 miles South of Dorchester, off A354, North of bypass

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Address: Maiden Castle, Dorset, UK
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