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Monganaut
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Edited Feb 25, 2018, 19:12
Re: Samhain sunset line
Feb 25, 2018, 19:05
We were up there in June last year....was like winter, bloody freezing.

Just down the road in Dorchester is Mount Pleasant henge that became an amphithreatre for the Roman town, plus, there's another ploughed out one called Big Rings that went cos' of aggregate extraction. The immediate environs of Maiden Castle are dotted with various round barrows, some of quite a size. I read it was the Oppidum (tribal capital) of the Durotriges prior to the conquest, so obvs a very important 'seat' once upon a time.

You get such a great view of the ramparts on the South side, very impressive, plus, like Oswestry, think there are cattle/sheep pens incorporated into the inner ramparts in places. Slightly further south of the fort you get the Dorset Ridgeway, which is literally littered with roundbarrows and other prehistoric remains, plus the legendary Dorchester Cursus.

Walking through the elaborate hornworks, it was hard not to imagine Sir Mortimer Wheeler astride his trusty Land Rover pointing out the various points of interest like some General of old.

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