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Danebury Iron Age Hill Fort

The history of Danebury Hill fort

Danebury is one of the most extensively studied hillforts in Europe. 'Iron Age' describes the period between the end of the Bronze Age and the start of the Roman period (700BC - AD43). Evidence found suggests that the Fort was built 2500 years ago and occupied for nearly 500 years. You can discover more and see some of the finds at the Museum of the Iron Age in Andover.

In the hill fort you can see the 'Ring' of ramparts and the once hidden gateway. The earth works around the entrance will give you a feel for the success of the Danebury defences and you may notice that the ground slopes to a high spot in the centre of the ring. This area was a focal point for religious gatherings and important meetings. You may also notice some subtle dips in the ground where grain stores used to be. These dips are the only visible evidence of past excavations.

Currently large Beech trees around the perimeter of the earth works make the site very prominent in the surrounding landscape. Other hill top features that you can see from here may also have been fortified sites of ancient settlement.