A common jar
This jar was found at 'Caesar's Camp' on Wimbledon Common. The jar is late Iron Age or early Roman. It was made during the 1st century ad. It may show that Iron Age people lived at Caesar's Camp during the Roman period.
What is Caesar's Camp?
Caesar's Camp is an ancient settlement surrounded by a ditch and two walls. A survey in 1866 found it had circular marks inside, showing where round huts would have stood. The site was damaged soon after and very little can be seen today.
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Caesar's Camp has never been properly excavated. There are many theories about its origins. It is mentioned in medieval records, and is called 'Bensbury' and later 'The Rounds'. The present name 'Caesar's Camp' led people to believe it was a Roman army camp. However, the round hut marks and some prehistoric pottery found on the site suggest it is actually an Iron Age hill fort, built around 700 bc. Hill forts were market centres and the homes of tribal leaders.
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