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MONUMENT NO. 468006

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A possible univallate Iron Age hillfort on the site of Dover Castle. The theory that the castle was built on the site of a hillfort is based, in part, on the unusual plan of the Medieval castle fortifications. It is assumed that if the castle was the first structure to be built on the site it probably would have a more regular layout. Instead the outer defences have an irregular plan with the northern defences appearing `lop-sided' and the bank and ditch overlapping on the eastern side. It is thought that the hillfort was roughly triangular in shape, measuring a maximum of 300 metres north-south and 200 metres east-west with the cliff at its southern extremity. The bank and ditch followed the contours of the hill. The overlapping bank and ditch on the eastern side, may have been the site of the main, inturned entrance. Excavations have provided evidence of Iron Age occupation within the locality of the castle (TR 34 SW 65), but it is not certain whether this is associated with the hillfort.

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