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The two ‘villages’ of Meare were altogether different. They comprise two separate elongated clusters of mounds, 60 m apart, built on the edge of a raised bog without any form of brushwood foundation. The individual mounds, like those of Glastonbury, were built of superimposed clay ﬂoors, usually with central hearths which were replaced more often than the ﬂoors. Very little evidence was found of superstructures, a fact which has led to the conclusion that the buildings were ﬂimsy and perhaps little more than tents. This does not, however, mean that the settlement was impoverished. The artefacts recovered are impressive in both quality and quantity and there is ample evidence for a range of activities being undertaken, including the manufacture of glass beads. John Coles has put forward the interesting hypothesis that the Meare ‘villages’ were a very specialized kind of site – the meeting-place of an annual ‘trade fair’ where people from considerable distances could assemble in peace to trade and exchange goods and to take part in a range of social, and perhaps religious, interactions. Such meetings form an essential component of European folk history and are still evident today in fairs, usually held on saints’ days on common land. The Meare site is well situated for intertribal meetings since it lies on the border between the Dobunni and the Durotriges.