Chanctonbury Ring, Steyning

Chanctonbury Ring is a prehistoric hill fort on the top of Chanctonbury Hill on the South Downs in West Sussex.

The fort consists of a roughly circular low earthen rampart surrounded by a ditch enclosing about 1.5 hectares. It is thought to date from the late Bronze Age or early Iron Age.

After some centuries of use, the site was abandoned for about 500 years, but it was then reused as a religious site from the mid-first century AD. At least two Romano-Celtic temples were built in the interior, probably during the second century, while the bank and ditch were reused to form a temenos or “sacred precinct”.

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