“DON’T CRY BECAUSE IT’S OVER,
SMILE BECAUSE IT HAPPENED"
― Dr. Seuss
These are the bluebells that come out in Spring time in the forest at Blackbury Camp, near Seaton and Beer in Devon, ENGLAND.
One has to drive down a rustic forest road and across a small river to reach this enchanting place. Blackbury Camp is a historic Hillfort Iron Age site.
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Hillfort in Devon
In Prehistoric Hillforts in Devon, author Aileen Fox describes this ancient oval-shaped hillfort as ‘important’ and with ‘an unusual entrance’. The excavation in 1952-54 by the Devon Archaeological Society showed that the main gate had been an imposing structure.
Inside is very cool and peaceful, with a cathedral-like canopy of tall trees. The enclosing banks are still well-defined, and at the southern entrance you are still able to see the unusual layout of defensive banks. The land falls away down the slope of the hill here.
Excavation showed that the main gate had been an imposing structure. The rounded rampart ends projected forward and were built up with flint nodules, retained by a timber palisade. Deep post-holes indicated the gate, probably with a bridge to link the ramparts. There was a second timber gateway at the entrance to the barbican. In the interior, the post-holes of a rectilinear hut were uncovered with a cooking pit nearby. Iron slag from the local limonite ores, whetstones and spindle whorls were found along with more than 1,200 sling stones. The pottery included decorated Glastonbury ware and some earlier plain Iron Age wares indicating that the fort was in use from the early 3rd century BC onwards."