Maen Castle

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Maen Castle
Entrance to Maen Castle - geograph.org.uk - 943043.jpg
Entrance to Maen Castle
Location Sennen, Cornwall, England
Coordinates 50°04′23″N 5°42′29″W / 50.073°N 5.708°W / 50.073; -5.708Coordinates: 50°04′23″N 5°42′29″W / 50.073°N 5.708°W / 50.073; -5.708
Built Iron Age
Reference no. 421208[1]
Maen Castle is located in Cornwall
Maen Castle
Location of Maen Castle in Cornwall

Maen Castle is an Iron Age promontory fort or 'cliff castle' close to Land's End in Cornwall. It is one of only two fortified sites in Cornwall where Early Iron Age pottery has been found. Excavations took place in 1939 and 1948-9 and about 300 sherds were unearthed.

The defences comprise a stone rampart, ditch and counterscarp bank built across the neck of the headland, with almost sheer cliffs on two sides and a steep slope on the third. There are some indications that the site may have been occupied before these defences were constructed.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "Maen Castle". Pastscape. Retrieved 25 June 2011. 

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