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Hunsbury Hillfort Question 4 I deem it possible that Hunsbury Hillfort was used as religious grounds or as a storage area for most of the hillforts in the area. This is because the area is not large enough to be a habitat for a substantial amount of people, unless it was made smaller by the people that were quarrying in the area for iron. Also, the hillfort is situated relatively central to the surrounding hillforts, indicating that it could be a central base for tribal meetings, religious ceremonies, regional contests, storage for the whole county (because it is large enough for that), or as a last resort for defences. This would have been in case the rest of the hillforts fail, and then they could have retreated to this hillfort to save themselves and their possessions from pillagers and wars. ...read more.


This lead us to another aspect that disproves the idea of the hillfort being used for storage, and that is that there are no storage pits that are seen in other hillforts, such as in Danebury. Consequently, this means that the area could have been used for keeping horses, cattle, or for growing plants. It also could have been used for religious ceremonies, such as sacrifice and for "magical purposes", such as druids of the time, gathering on the hill to perform rituals and cast spells to keep away doom and certain beliefs of hell, and things that will bring them harm if they do not sacrifice people at certain times. They thought it would displease the gods if they did not do as the druids told them, because they were the ones that were most in contact with the gods. ...read more.


The source also shows that there was/is a Roman villa nearby, to the south-west, that could have been there at the same time as the hillfort was built, and has lasted throughout, or was destroyed so that the hillfort could be built for a specific purpose. In conclusion, I feel that the area was not built for use of a home, but for use of religious ceremonies for the many people that surrounded this site. Nevertheless, there is the possibility that it could have been used for contests or meetings, or that the site was a dumping ground for other types of people that had invaded. They could have dumped many of the heads of the people that they had killed on that one hillfort, as if it was a massacre site, or as a sign of honour for their families, from one war that they had fought. ...read more.

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