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| Maiden Castle Romano-British Temple |
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|Description ||This plan of the Oval Shrine and the pre-existing Iron Age hut was found on p.184 of Evan Hadingham's book 'Circles & Standing Stones', (Abacus), 1978. |
The central area is the later Roman shrine, confusingly described as 'oval' in the caption, but labelled 'circular shrine' on the drawing!
Its orientation agrees with my dowsing plan of the site [ie: entrance at east, and size similar] but, frustratingly, *still* doesn't say exactly where it stood in relation to the temple!
Looking back at camcorder film of the noticeboard at the site:
"Close to the temple was an oval hut, thought to have functioned as a shrine. This was built directly over an Iron Age hut, and may show continued use of an earlier ritual building. The two-roomed building to the right is believed to have been a priest's house."
| "Around 350 - when Christianity was the official Roman religion - a circular pagan temple was built, in stone, within the foundations of an Iron Age timber shrine. A little later a Romano-Celtic temple was built just to the north-east."|
(Quote from 'Holy Places of Celtic Britain' by Mick Sharp, 1997, Blandford, a Cassel Imprint)
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