- Waddon Hill
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Wessex Ridgewaypasses to the north around the base of the hill. The B1362 road passes close to the western end of the hill. Lewesdon Hillis about 1 kmto the west.
The fort is on a narrow east-west ridge reaching a height of 210 m, with steep natural slopes to the south and west, and linear ramparts facing north and east.
The fort was built by the Second Legion under
Vespasian, during their conquest of the Durotrigesand occupation of Dorset. It is possible that the fort originated as a temporary camp during the campaign against nearby Pilsdon Pen, where two Roman ballistabolts have been found.
First recognition of the site came when 19th century quarrying uncovered military artefacts from the
1st centuryAD. The site was investigated by Graham Webster in a series of archaeological excavations starting in 1959, which revealed the full layout of the camp, except for some small areas destroyed by the quarrying. The permanent structure of the fort appears to have been built and occupied in the period 50-60 AD, following the abandonment of Hod Hillfurther east. The Roman roadto Waddon seems to have left the main Dorchester-Axminster road at Two Gates, passed through Eggardon Hill, then south of Beaminster, to enter Waddon from the east.
* "Dorset and the Second Legion", N.Field (1992), ISBN 1-871164-11-7
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