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How Did They Do That?

The Celtic tribes of Northern Europe had a real knack for construction and feng shui


Ancient hill forts, such as Maiden Castle, are scattered all across the British countryside. Built from the first century BC right through to the end of Roman Britain, the early inhabitants took advantage of strategic high ground, and built these settlements on top of large hills. The natural fortifications protected villagers from marauding invaders, such as the Romans, and the huts inside contained all they would need if ever they came under siege. Each house was occupied by a single family unit, with many generations living under one roof.


The hill forts were surrounded by a stone exterior wall. is protected them against strong winds, invaders, and also marked the perimeters of the settlement. Within the walls, however the settlement was much more than a military camp. It was a centre of tribal politics, religious ritual and everyday life.

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