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Hillfort in Blackbury Camp, Devon (England).

In Prehistoric Hillforts in Devon (England) this one is described 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.

The oval enclosure of about 2 hectares now in open woodland straddles a 180m steep-sided Greensand ridge capped with clay and flints. It was defended by a substantial rampart and ditch, with one entrance facing the southern slopes; other gaps are recent. A triangular earthwork was added screening the gate – the so-called barbican entrance; it contained a central embanked passageway with a compartment on either side, probably used as stock pens.
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."

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Comments

  • Country  Pursuits
    Country Pursuitsover 2 years ago

    Looks beautiful Charmiene. I hope you are well. I can see you making a visit soon. xx

  • thankyou so much Richard – Oh I really hope so!!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • mom23girls
    mom23girlsover 2 years ago

    Very beautiful image!

  • thankyou so mcuh!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • lynn carter
    lynn carterover 2 years ago

    Stunning Charmiene, l look forward to seeing the bluebells again xx

  • thankyou so much Lynn!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • RickDavis
    RickDavisover 2 years ago

    Excellent Presentation of Natures Beauty in Charmiene Style!!!!,,,, Rick

  • thankyou so much Rick!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • ✿✿ Bonita ✿✿ ђєℓℓσ
    ✿✿ Bonita ✿✿ ђ...over 2 years ago

    ☻/ღ˚ •。* ♥ ˚ ˚✰˚ ˛★* 。 ღ˛° 。* °♥ ˚ • ★ ˚ .ღ 。
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    ˛˚ღ •˚ ˚…just sprinkling a little Love on your page. ~♥~˚ ✰* ★
    / \ ˚. ★ ˛ ˚♥ ✰。˚ ˚ღ。* ˛˚ ♥ 。✰˚* ˚ ★ღBeautifully capture nice clarity and detail nice focus and framing Wonderul colour Beautiful scenic capture love the blue bells Nicely done and presented hugs

  • thankyou so much!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • TheWanderingBoo
    TheWanderingBooover 2 years ago

    beautiful capture

  • thankyou so much!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • billfox256
    billfox256over 2 years ago

    A tremendous capture Charmiene!!!! Bill

  • thankyou so much Bill!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • barnsis
    barnsisover 2 years ago

    Gorgeous scene. love the foggy look

  • THANKYOU SO MCUH!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • naturelover
    natureloverover 2 years ago

    Charmiene this is just stunning, great capture my friend xx

  • thankyou Pauline!!!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • Julesrules
    Julesrulesover 2 years ago

    love the quote , this is just gorgeous!!

  • thankyou Jules!!!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

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