Maiden Castle is arguably the finest example of a Hill Fort in Britain and is found in Dorset – the heart of Thomas Hardy Country and was built around 600 BC. Archaeological excavations that were undertaken in the 1930s and again in the 1980s uncovered a treasure-trove of objects and artefacts dating back 4,000 years. The site once housed a Neolithic causewayed encampment and a Roman Temple dating back to the 4th Century AD. Archaeologists’ uncovered bones bearing the horrific evidence of the barbaric violence that had taken place around the time of the late Iron Age period with the discovery of a Cemetery.
The site is one of the finest examples of an Iron Age arms dump found to contain slingshots amongst other weapons used at the time.
The Iron Age Fort was enlarged and changed many times and refurbished in the years before the Roman conquest.
British born Archaeologist Mortimer Wheeler, was challenged about his theory that Men, Women and Children were brutally butchered by Roman Soldiers taking the Castle and setting fire to it, his theory was based on the condition of the bodies found in the Cemetery and evidence of Charcoal found in the ground.
Other’s having explained the Charcoal found as coming from the Iron Works and the bodies found in the graves may not have been killed on the site of the Castle. They report that there is little archaeological evidence to support his theory.
Visitors wanting to discover more about Maiden Castle and its treasures would do well to take a detour to the museum in Dorchester.
Camping and Caravanning Club Site
Station Road, Moreton, Dorchester
Dorset, England, DT2 8BB
+44 (0)1305 853 801
- Address: Maiden Castle Road, Martinstown, Dorset, England, United Kingdom, 5DT2 9EY
- GPS: 50.69505,-2.472169444
- Phone: 0044 (0) 117 9750 700
- Part of UK: England
- Sat Nav Postcode: DT2 9EY
- Entrance Fees: Free Access
- Disabled Access: Very limited: Steep unpaved path from car park.
- Visibility from Road: Good
- Image Credits: Header Image: Panglossian