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The ancient sites of Dorset

May 12, 2020 1:25 pm

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Dorset has a rich history of ancient sites dating from the Neolithic through the Iron Age and into the Roman occupation. There is so much of it that you’ll need to invest in a Dorset Coach Hire firm to ferry you around so that you can see them all. Let’s have a look at the highlights on a tour of the county.

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  1. Dorchester. The capital of the County and, as the name ends in ester suggests the place was a site of Roman occupation. In town has several restored fourth century town houses that were discovered quite by accident. The best thing about these Town houses is that for the first time we have something small scale as opposed to the grand Villas that we usually find. This allows us a view of the “average” Romano-Briton.
  2. Maiden Castle. This is the one of the largest remaining Iron Age sites in Britain. It is thought to be the capital of the local tribe that resisted the Roman occupation. It features huge mounds that would have been impressive walls topped with palisade and false entrances to trap the invader. The Roman’s still one and moved them to Dorchester down the road.

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  1. Cerne Abbas Giant. There is some debate about whether the giant is truly from ancient Britain as it might be Saxon or Roman. Whatever the date this Giant is certainly eye-catching.
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