History explorer: life in the Iron Age

Professor Niall Sharples discusses Maiden Castle, site of Britain's largest hillfort, with Nige Tassell

An aerial image of Maiden Castle, site of Britain's largest hillfort. (Photo by Robert Harding/Getty Images)

This article was first published in the Christmas 2017 issue of BBC History Magazine

Don’t let the name deceive you. While it sounds as though it might be of medieval vintage, perhaps the domicile of one of Henry VIII’s divorced wives, Maiden Castle is far older. Dominating a hill a couple of miles south-west of the Dorset county town of Dorchester, it represents one of the largest Iron Age hillforts in Europe.

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