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What is a causewayed camp?

Unlike an iron age hillfort, where the ditch and bank runs almost completely around the fort, a causewayed camp has a ditch which is crossed many times with entrances. An iron age hill fort is for defence, a causewayed camp is not. Its prime purpose is not defensive in nature.

It was first thought that they were enclosures for cattle in the Neolithic period. Many bones from culled animals of many types were found in the ditches surrounding these structures.

It is thought that they performed a variety of social, economic and religious functions for early neolithic communities.
wysefool Posted by wysefool
4th November 2003ce
Edited 27th September 2007ce

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