Category Archive: Iron Age

Oct 01

The Kingdom of Venutius

The Kingdom of Venutius – Brigantia – AD 69 “Inspired by these differences between the Roman forces and by the many rumours of civil was that reached them, the britons plucked up courage under the leadership of Venutius, who, in addition to his own natural spirit and hatred of the Roman name, was fired by …

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Oct 01

Cleave Dyke Defensive System, North Yorkshire

Cleave Dyke System The Cleave dyke system is several Dykes which combine to create a boundary of between 9 and 18 kilometres running north south to the west of Thirsk. To date excavations have found minimal dating evidence, but a pre roman date has been given which means if not built by Venutius the Dyke …

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Oct 01

The Gallus Frontier – Brigantia against the Romans

The Gallus Frontier – Roman Rig and associated Iron Age Forts   The Gallus frontier, outlined in blue, south of the line, the Roman fortifications, to the north, Venutius’ kingdom. The Frontier changes made by Gallus In “Rome against Caratacus” Graham Webster put forward the proposal that Gallus was forced to remodel the existing Plautian …

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Oct 01

Roman Rig Defensive Dyke, South Yorkshire

Roman Rig The Roman Rig is a defensive dyke built to defend against attack from the south. It runs from Sheffield, past Templeborough and carries on almost to Doncaster. If this is a Brigantian dyke it would certainly add weight to Websters definition of the Roman border in the period. Diagram of Roman Rig (based …

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Oct 01

Uffington White Horse, Oxfordshire

Uffington White Horse – Uffington, Oxfordshire. The white horse at Uffington dates to around 1000BC and sits amongst lofty company, close to Uffington Castle Iron Age Hill Fort and also to Waylands Smithy, a Bronze Age passage grave. The horse was dated to between 1400 – 600 BC by the Oxford University Reasearch Unit in …

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Oct 01

Cerne Abbas Giant, Dorset

Cerne Abbas Giant – Cerne Abbas, Dorset Image Gallery Upload your photo’s for the site here

Sep 30

Dundon Hill, Somerset

Dundon Hill – Somerset Dundon Hill as it appears on the 1850 OS map. There is a plan and short description in volume 2 of the Victoria County History for Somerset (pages 490-1). Ian Burrow’s Hillfort and Hill-top Settlement in Somerset in the First to Eighth Centuries has a more recent (but less detailed) description …

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Sep 30

Norham, Northumberland

Norham Fort – Northumberland 1850 map showing the entrenchments recently ‘discovered’. Iron Age ramparts unearthed Aug 7 2002 By The Evening Chronicle Startling new evidence of an Iron Age hillfort has been unearthed in Northumberland with the help of satellite technology. Experts examining land at Norham Castle, on the south bank of the River Tweed, …

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Sep 30

Stanwick Hill Fort, Forcett, North Yorkshire

Stanwick Iron Age Hill Fort This note describes a partial perimeter walk of the largest hill fort in England. This walk covers some six miles and takes in the major extend of the fort and covers the two stages in it’s development. Location:: O/S 1:50,000 map 92 ref, 178123 Stanwick is very close to the …

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Sep 30

Braithwaite Wood, Coverham, North Yorkshire

Braithwaite Wood Iron Age Fort – East Witton Braithwaite Wood as it appears on the 1850’s OS map. Part of the ramparts of Braithwaite Wood fort. Image Gallery Upload your photo’s for the site here

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