Jordan Hill Roman Temple

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View of the temple site.

Jordan Hill Roman Temple is a Romano-Celtic Temple and Roman ruin situated on Jordan Hill above Bowleaze Cove in the eastern suburbs of Weymouth in Dorset, England. grid reference SY701820. Original amateur excavations on the site in 1843, by J. Medhurst, were followed by a series of excavations in the 20th Century [1] suggesting that the site was in operation between c.AD 69-79 to the later 4th century AD.

In the 20th century the site became the property of the Ministry of Works and is currently in the guardianship of English Heritage.


This is a Romano-British type temple,[2] with a square-plan building situated within a courtyard or precinct. The floorplan of the temple measured 6.8 square metres. The surrounding precinct measured 84 square meters and contained numerous deposits of animal bones, ceramics, and coins.[1] The site may also have served as a late 4th Century signal station.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c "PastScape - Jordan Hill Roman Temple". PastScape (English Heritage). 2013. Retrieved 2013-10-29. 
  2. ^ Lewis, M.J.T. 1966. Temples of Roman Britain. Cambridge: University Press


  • Ministry of Works, 1952. Ancient Monuments of Southern England. London: HMSO.
  • Rev. E.V. Tanner, 1969. Romano-Celtic Settlement on Jordan Hill near Weymouth, Dorset
  • Woodward, A. 1992. Shrines and Sacrifice (English Heritage). London: Batsford. pp79

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Coordinates: 50°38′15″N 2°25′38″W / 50.6376°N 2.4271°W / 50.6376; -2.4271