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Hod Hill Iron Age hillfort, Roman camp
One of several events organised as part of Dorset Architectural Heritage Week - a guided tour around the Iron Age hillfort and Roman camp at Hod Hill, by a Roman legionary.
Although not visually as impressive as the neighbouring hillfort Hambledon Hill, or the major hillfort south of Dorchester Maiden Castle, Hod Hill is the largest Iron Age hillfort in Dorset in terms of enclosed area. In its north-west corner are the remains of a Roman camp, built sometime between 43AD and 51AD.
The sketch to the right shows the present day arrangement of the two banks which with ditch inbetween formed the Iron Age fortification. The defensive ditches added by the Romans to protect their own camp are shown in dark green. Excavations of the Roman camp have indicated that it was possibly in use for just two years before a fire broke out destroying the buildings and it was abandoned.