single rampart with ditch simple opening for an entrance situated on the slope of a hill the hill rises over 50 m above the ring the area is only 0.9 hectares (2.2 acres)
The case for an enclosure is less clear cut than for Trendle Ring, since Plainsfield is on a spur and does have steep slopes on two sides, making it like a promontory fort, similar to nearby Ruborough. It is a Scheduled Ancient Monument.
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Further information: Hill fort
Hill forts developed in the Late Bronze and Early Iron Age, roughly
the start of the first millennium BC. The reason for their
emergence in Britain, and their purpose, has been a subject of debate.
It has been argued that they could have been military sites
constructed in response to invasion from continental Europe, sites
built by invaders, or a military reaction to social tensions caused by
an increasing population and consequent pressure on agriculture. The
dominant view since the 1960s has been that the increasing use of iron
led to social changes in Britain. Deposits of iron ore were located in
different places to the tin and copper ore necessary to make bronze,
and as a result trading patterns shifted and the old elites lost their
economic and social status. Power passed into the hands of a new group
of people. Archaeologist
Ruborough Dowsborough Trendle Ring List of hill forts and ancient settlements in Somerset
^ "Plainsfield Camp". National Monuments Record. English Heritage.
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