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Pagan Britain$
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Ronald Hutton

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300197716

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300197716.001.0001

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Late Prehistory

Late Prehistory

Earthworks, Pits and Bones

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(p.161) 4 Late Prehistory
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Pagan Britain
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Ronald Hutton

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300197716.003.0004

This chapter considers a few conceptual problems that have emerged among those working on the British Iron Age since the 1980s: the identity of the Celts, differences between Celtic languages, and the place of Druids in the Iron Age. It also discusses hill forts, the most spectacular surviving structures of the British Iron Age. These forts are large enclosures made by digging ditches and heaping up the earth or stones extracted into banks. The Maiden Castle, with quadruple ramparts hugging the contours of an isolated chalk hill south of Dorchester, is the most famous of the developed hill forts and one of the largest and most complex.

Keywords:   Iron Age, Celts, Druids, hill forts, Maiden Castle, Dorchester

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