In our last session on the Celtic World, we looked at settlement and urbanism. Specifically, we discussed topics such as roundhouses, hillforts and oppida.
Dr. Tom Moore’s research interests focus mainly on the British and French Iron Age, particularly the late Iron Age-Roman transition. In this video he talks about oppida and iron age urbanism.
A good example of a British hillfort is that at Danebury. The site, covering 5 hectares (12 acres), was excavated by Barry Cunliffe in the 1970s. Danebury is considered a type-site for hill forts, and was important in developing the understanding of hill forts, as very few others have been so intensively excavated.
If you want to find out more, you may wish to investigate the following links:
– Iron Age Roundhouse (Ancient Technology Centre)
– Roundhouse (Wikipedia)
– Atlantic Roundhouse (Wikipedia)
– Hillfort (Wikipedia)
– The Atlas of Hillforts in Britain and Ireland Project (Oxford University)
– Oppidum (Wikipedia)
– Rethinking the Southern British oppidum (article pdf)