History KS2: Iron Age forts and tribes

Archaeologist Raksha Dave explores Maiden Castle – the biggest Iron Age Hill Fort in Britain.

We find out how it was built - with a succession of steeply-rising ramparts and ditches - and about the weapons they used to defend the entrance.

We discover what Iron Age people used for money, as well as the crops they grew and the animals they kept.

Perhaps the most surprising thing is the amount of effort they went to in order to remain safe from their enemies.

This clip is from the series Ancient Voices.

Teacher Notes

Could be used to explore Iron Age life by asking the question, ‘Why did this tribe take so much trouble to make Maiden Castle so secure?’

Could also be used to compare and contrast life between the Stone Age and the Iron Age – what has changed and what has stayed the same?

Children could use toy building tools to construct their own fort defenses using Iron Age techniques.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching History at KS2 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and 2nd Level in Scotland.

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