Posted by: kathandroger | February 9, 2015

Is it an old fortress?

We keep the sheep and goat in our one field at the back of the house. The area also includes our acacia wood, which gives them some shelter and also supplies our burning wood for the two log burners. The terrain rises sharply, and has good views all around, and seems to have had some building in it at some time. There are lots of large stones, and the general shape of the land does not look at all natural to me.IMG_2922Within the wood there are some old walls and cuttings, and as the view would be ideal to defend the site, I wonder if at one stage it was a fortress?IMG_2923We have access to the old Napoleonic maps of the area, but nothing is shown-if the workings are older than that then why should they be? We have also a small cave, about 2 metres high inside and about 50 metres in area, which looks like it has been partially filled in but could have been used a a store or even an emergency sanctuary.IMG_2925I must do some more research, but have no idea where to start!


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  1. Fascinating stuff. When we lived in Grane there was a local historian, who had also been the Primary School headteacher. He was immensley instructive and helpful. Our quartier was called Combemaure and he was able to establish that it was an area inhabited by the Mores when they came at the time of Hannibal, even though he was a modern history specialist. I’m sure you’ll find such a person in your commune. PnJ

  2. There is the possibility that the cave was used in the same way as those just down the road from you…
    for ferreting out the info, ask Pauline…
    she has accessed data further back than Boney for here…
    and have you got the AGIP lieudits booklet for StRemy?

    Off topic, no eggs yet…
    but Vinnie is ‘cocorico’ing for France!!

    • Further thorts:
      Looking at the levelled areas, in two terraces…
      or that’s what the pix you have above seem to show…
      prehistoric hill fort?
      The river valley would have made a wonderful hunting ground…
      or…
      another possibility… motte & bailey….
      timber pallisade and timber and stone motte?
      Do you find much worked flint in the garden??

      • Thanks for your thoughts Tim. There are lots of large flints about, but none obviously worked. I will certainly do some more research, but do come and have a look if you are interested.
        Don’t worry about the eggs, the chicks need some warmer weather!

      • Warmer Weather…. Wormer Wather… Warter Warmer….???
        Cocka-diddle-clurk!
        Yes, the Haynes Manual said that…
        and we do too…
        my brain isn’t functioning properly in this grey, dampish cold… the cogs don’t mesh properly.

        We’ll come over for a looksee in dry warm weather.
        Oh, and it isn’t the large flints you need to look for…
        it is the small flakes… those are the ones that are most likely to have been tools.
        The large blades as per GP’s Museum were most likely “money”… and then converted into “bling” ‘weapons’!
        They were not items of everyday use…
        and, to be honest, attract me not one jot!
        I prefer to find the tools that Joe Earlyman used everyday…
        Pauline found a Swiss Army flint on the pile of soil that came from our fosse-bed diggings… it has five working edges…
        two are blades… one is a flat scraper… another is for debarking sticks… but no little tweezers, or toothpick!

      • And Pauline has been looking at early aerial photos of your place and its surrounds…
        there are some amazing crop marks…
        including the outline of what looks like a large church…
        near what is now the back of your wood…
        taken in the early 50s….

      • Quite right, Tim, there was indeed an old cemetery and church close to us many years ago.


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