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The last is clearly a two-period construction and at least in its primary phase is likely to date to the medieval period. The enclosing ramparts are probably prehistoric, but it is not clear if they represent a single phase, or several phases of building activity. 5 hectares). 38 British Fortifications Other Forms of Fortifications DUNS Hill forts of the type described above are rare, although not entirely absent, in northern and western Scotland. Their place is taken, in part, by stone-built fortifications known as duns or ringforts.

Others must surely have been connected in some way with livestock, separating people from animals, being large cattle pounds used as safe grazing ground, but also used as a refuge for people in time of danger. Some coastal promontory hill forts look much too bleak and exposed for permanent settlement, although they could still be temporary refuges, but at the same time, their location near an accessible shore along a major sea route makes another function plausible, that of trading place, perhaps used seasonally when 23 24 British Fortifications weather conditions suited.

Hill fort entrances. Above: Hod Hill Below: Maiden Castle sacrifices to ensure the protection of the gods, the corpse then being buried within the earth walls, especially near the entrances. At both Maiden Castle and Hod Hill sacrificial skeletons have been found within the ramparts. FUNCTIONS OF HILL FORTS The idea of building hill forts, these spectacular monuments, which dominate the highest points of the blocks of chalk in downland Sussex, Hampshire, Wiltshire 22 British Fortifications or Dorset, came to Britain as a continental influence.

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