The development of hillforts
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Leaving aside considerations of chronology, the distribution of hillforts in Britain is far from even. As Figure 15.1 (p. 348) so clearly shows, there is a marked concentration in a zone beginning in Wessex and the South Downs and continuing through the Cotswolds and the Welsh borderland to the coast of north Wales. It is within this central southern zone that the majority of the hillfort excavations have been carried out and all the large-scale excavations of recent years have been focused. Thus the database for the region, though leaving much to be desired, is far better than for any other part of Britain or parts of the adjacent Continent. Sufﬁcient is now known to allow a general development model to be put forward (Cunliffe 1984c). For ease of discussion the simple chronological framework outlined in chapter 5 will be adopted: earliest refers to the period from c. 800 to 600, early to 600-c. 400/300 and middle to the period from 400/300 to 100 BC.