This is a really interesting article I came across the other day on the BBC website.
“The full extent of a hill fort likened to an Iron Age “Millennium Stadium” has been uncovered by investigators.
Gaer Fawr hillfort at Guilsfield, near Welshpool, Powys, is effectively hidden by woodland, making it impossible to appreciate the scale of it.
Detailed survey by the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales produced a computer model of the site which dates from around 800BC.”
This is especially interesting for studying the age of the Danish invasions and Alfred’s defense of them (which didn’t concern what we now know as Wales to a terrible extent, but this is pertinent nonetheless due to Alfred’s pioneering burh construction). Here’s a photo of the site as it is now:
Aside from the stunning beauty of the Welsh countryside, imagine the following reconstruction of the fort:
It’s a great article and I recommend checking it out. Fascinating!