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The Hillfort and Modern Memory

Despite our Ordnance Survey map, and though a wooden signpost pointed the way, we could discern no clear path to Caer Caradoc. The day glowered and threatened rain; the path we found, muddy and steep, had likely been forged by sheep. As we trekked slowly upward, one of our number commented (more than once), “it makes you realize how fit they must have been.” She was referring to the Iron Age denizens of Caer Caradoc. I made a mental note, in our defense, that the average age of those denizens was likely less than half our own. Continue reading