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  • n. A prehistoric fortification constructed on a hill.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A stronghold or fortified place on a hill.


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  • (County Down is directly from the hill-fort at Downpatrick, Dún Pádraig.)


  • As for the facilitating connection to the Aegean, we do have the general Bronze Age trade connections, but also the hill-fort at Monkodonja on Istria 1800 BC and other castellieri, displaying similarity with Mycenaean buildings and possibly being a colony from this area.

    Pondering on the phrase 'capite velato'

  • And the strong city mourns, the hill-fort planted high,

    Prometheus Bound

  • For defense, there was a nearby hill-fort of pre-Roman design -- earthworks with a palisade of wooden stakes at the top, designed with plenty of gaps for bowmen to shoot through.


  • Newcomer While Ivan slept, Katerina and her father took a walk up to the hill-fort.


  • Antipatros 'country place was an old run-down hill-fort, overlooking a well-managed rich estate.

    Funeral Games

  • They are mostly at blood-feud with the tribe in the next hill-fort, over the rights to water, or women carried off while gathering wood.

    The Persian Boy

  • Or now and again some stubborn hill-fort would hold out, and he would make a siege-train; catapults taken apart to load on mules, wood for ladders if the land was treeless; if he could bring one up, a jolting siege-tower, drawn by ten yoke of oxen; litters for the wounded, if it was too rough for wagons.

    The Persian Boy

  • Our hill-fort was as old as our family, weathered-in with the rocks, its watchtower built up against a crag.

    The Persian Boy

  • O Vishnu, languishing as we all were in the terrible hill-fort of Jarasandha, it was verily from sheer good fortune alone that thou hast rescued us, O son of the Yadu race, and achieved thereby a remarkable reputation.

    The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Translated into English Prose Sabha Parva


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  • There were lots of iron-age hill forts in the area where I grew up: spawling ruinous things draped disdainfully across the sheep-cropped hillsides. Great for rambling, romping, drinking tea and whisky, and dreaming of eras gone by.

    October 31, 2008

  • A hill fort is a fortified refuge or defended settlement, located to exploit a rise in elevation for military advantage. The fortification usually follows the contours of the hill, consisting of one or more lines of earthworks, with stockades or defensive walls, and external ditches.

    October 31, 2008