South Cadbury Castle, South Cadbury

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Cadbury Castle, formerly known as Camalet, is a Bronze and Iron Age hillfort in the civil parish of South Cadbury in the English county of Somerset. It is a scheduled monument and has been associated with King Arthur's legendary court at "Camelot".The hillfort is formed by a plateau surrounded by ramparts on the surrounding slopes of the limestone Cadbury Hill. The site has been excavated in the late 19th and early 20th century by James Bennett and Harold St George Gray. More recent examination of the site was conducted in the 1960s by Leslie Alcock and since 1992 by the South Cadbury Environs Project. These have revealed artifacts from human occupation and use from the Neolithic through the Bronze and Iron Ages. The site was reused by the Roman forces and again from c.‚ÄČ470 until some time after 580. In the 11th century, it temporarily housed a Saxon mint. Evidence of various buildings at the site has been unearthed, including a "Great Hall", round and rectangular house foundations, metalworking, and a possible sequence of small rectangular temples or shrines.
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  • My husband visited here 43 years ago and as we were in the area he wanted to revisit. Unless you knew it was there you'd miss it. There are no signs until you get into the village. It's quite a walk u...  more »
  • Great views. Nicely underdeveloped. Moderately rugged and muddy walk in winter. Small car park in the village along with a quality pub to boot.  more »
  • I came here as part of a D of E group and had the most lovely day! The views are amazing and the walks well sign-posted.  more »
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  • Lovely place to walk :) great views
  • With some imagination you could sense what may have been here many many years ago. But all it is now is an field above the surrounding area, encircled with mound wall. Albeit one with decent views (and some cows)
  • A short walk up from a pretty village will reward you with executive views across Somerset.
  • What a wonderful place!!!
  • Archaeological evidence suggests that this is the most likely site for King Arthur's Camelot. The site has features unique to the Arthurian period, even though other "forts" of this type were re-fortified after the Romans left Britain in AD 410. The site has been excavated several times, but large areas have never been looked at. Major digs were completed in two seasons in 1966-70, under the direction of Leslie Alcock, with help from some illustrious archaeologists like C A Ralegh-Radford. Even after some dismissal of the Camelot claim, it still remains the clear contender for the name. Glastonbury, 11 miles away, is probably "Avalon", and the famous Mons Badonicus, or Battle of Badon, where Arthur was reputed to have defeated the Saxons, is at Liddington, about 30 miles away, above Swindon. The earliest record of (possibly) this place being Camelot, is the mention of it by the Welsh monk, Nennius, around AD 800: in "Somerset, Camelat is there"

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