Hill Fort

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. They are typically European and of the Bronze and Iron Ages. Some were used in the post-Roman period. 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 in many Celtic areas of central and western Europe until the Roman conquest.

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Longmynd - History - Iron Age
... Bodbury Ring Hill Fort, a hill fort above Cardingmill Valley, and sits on the top of Bodbury Hill at 380 m (1,250 ft) ... Another hill fort nearby sits on the summit of Caer Caradoc ...
Castro Culture - Language, Society and Religion - Onomastics and Languages
... place names, as those containing an evolution of the Celtic element brigs meaning "hill" and characteristically ligated to old hill-forts (Tragove, O Grove < Ogrobre, Canzobre ... > BERISAMO would stand for Cailios son of Cadroyolo, a Cilenian, from the hill-fort named Berisamos ... ALBIONUM Nicer son of Clutosius, from (the hill-fort known as) Cariaca, prince of the Albions ...
Hill Forts By Country - Scandinavia and Russia
... In Scandinavia and northern Russia, hill forts are fortifications from the Iron Age which may have had several functions ... They are usually located on the crests of hills and mountains making use of precipices and marshes which worked as natural defences ... Round and closed, so called, ring forts are common even on flat ground ...

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