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Hidden Histories, episode two

Investigators Louise Barker and Toby Driver make a record of Gaer Fawr Iron Age hillfort, which is hidden in woodland near Welshpool, and work with Tom Pert to create a computer model allowing it to be seen in its full glory for the first time in hundreds of years.

Find out more about Gaer Fawr Iron Age hillfort on the Royal Commission's website.

The fort covers 5.8 hectares.

Gaer Fawr hillfort

Iron Age hillforts represent an astounding communal feat of prehistoric civil engineering. Gaer Fawr, at Guilsfield near Welshpool, is one of several large hillforts overlooking the upper Severn valley which indicate the power of communities in this area in the Iron Age. A bronze helmet mount in the form of a boar found in the nineteenth century conjures an impression of the people who may have commanded and inhabited the settlement in its heyday. The fort covers 5.8 hectares with up to five lines of ramparts over 8 metres high but dense woodland makes it impossible to appreciate its form or scale.


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