Friday, March 2, 2012


Saturday, 24th March 2012

The prehistoric day trip to Maiden Castle and Dorchester will be led by Scott McCracken, who many of you know.

We will visit the multivallate hill-fort of Maiden Castle in the morning and then go to the prehistoric gallery to see the finds from the site at Dorset County Museum in the afternoon.  Many of these finds are from the early thirties excavation on Maiden Castle, led by Sir Mortimer Wheeler.

Originally, C.350BC this hill-fort was univallate with a rampart enclosing the eastern knoll, under which there was evidence of neolithic construction in the form of a causewayed enclosure.  More than hundred years later the hill-fort was more than doubled its enclosed area by extending the single rampart to enclose the western knoll.  As now, some 47 acres were enclosed.  By C.100BC the complex maze of ramparts and defences visible today would have been in place.  Wheeler’s excavations provided evidence of round houses and occupation within the ramparts as well as evidence from bodies resulting from Vespasian’s attack on Maiden Castle in 44AD.  The foundations of a late 4th century Roman-Celtic Temple can be located at the eastern end of the hill-fort.

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