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June 12, 2009

Maiden Castle

Remains of fifty headless bodies near Maiden Castle may be evidence of Vespasian's march to the sea. Or high spirits. Taking heads was a bit of a local pass time with the British before the Romans turned up.

The burial site is close to Maiden Castle - Europe's largest Iron Age hill fort where the local Celtic tribe are said to have staged their last stand against General Vespasian and his Roman legion after the invasion.

Vespasian led a force south-westwards for Emperor Claudius. His aim was to secure coastal ports and harbours, as well as tin and silver mines in Cornwall and Somerset. Along the way, he captured 20 hill forts - including Maiden Castle, according to archaeologist Mortimer Wheeler.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at June 12, 2009 08:57 AM


After, all: "What have the Romans ever done for us?!?"

Posted by: Clayton Barnett [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 12, 2009 11:04 AM