NGRef: ST8338
OSMap: LR183
Type: Temple Or Shrine

NNW (18) to Aqvae Svlis (Bath, Avon)
WNW (13) to Shepton Mallet (Somerset)
ESE (20) to Sorviodvnvm
SSE (25) to Vindocladia
NNW (16) to Combe Down

This rural temple, built at the crossing point of two major roads, possibly marked the border between the Durotriges in the south and the Belgae to the north.

Quantities of pottery dating from the sixth and even the seventh century BC have been found on the site, together with a rare example of an iron socketed axe-head (IACiB, fig. 14:2.5). The socketed axe was prevalent throughout the Bronze-Age, and when iron was first introduced, the existing bronze weapon-types were simply copied in the new material. The socketed axe was not to prevail, however, and was replaced by more robust types which entirely enclosed the haft of the weapon.

See: Iron Age Communities in Britain by Barry Cunliffe (London, 1974).