Old Sarum Iron Age Hillfort, Salisbury, Wiltshire

Old Sarum Iron Age Hillfort, Salisbury, Wiltshire
Photograph taken 2003 © Peter Dunn. Source Historic England Archive Photo Library ref: J030100

This is a reconstruction drawing of how the entrance and gatehouse of the Iron Age hill fort might have looked. Old Sarum was an Iron Age Hillfort. Hillforts were used as administrative centres, cattlepounds and markets, but also places of safety in which whole communities could take shelter during times of threat. The site was then used by the Romans, who called it Sorviodunum. It was then used by the Anglo Saxons and Normans. The Normans built both a castle and cathedral here in the 11th century. This site is now in the care of English Heritage (2011). Read detailed archaeological description.


Wiltshire Salisbury


Prehistoric (to AD42)



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