Introductions to Heritage Assets

An introduction to hillforts. As the name implies, hillforts are defended places, surrounded by one or more circuits of banks and ditches, and generally placed on hilltops, ridges, spurs or promontories.

Hillforts have been studied by archaeologists for 150 years. A brief chronology from 900 – 100 BC and a description of hillforts and their development follows. The variability amongst hillforts in terms of their size, form, defensive strength and occupation is immense.

Some hillforts were built on the sites of Neolithic causewayed enclosures, some incorporate barrows, and many are associated with a number of other monument types in their contemporary late prehistoric landscape.


  • Summary
  • Introduction
  • History of research
  • Chronology
  • Development of the asset type
  • Associations
  • Further reading
  • Where to get advice

Additional Information

  • Series: Guidance
  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Pages: 15
  • Product Code: HEAG206


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