Cold Kitchen Hill Romano-British Rural Temple

Temple Or Shrine

This rural temple, built at the crossing point of two major roads, possibly marked the border between the Durotriges in the south and the Belgae to the north.

Quantities of pottery dating from the sixth and even the seventh century BC have been found on the site, together with a rare example of an iron socketed axe-head (IACiB, fig. 14:2.5). The socketed axe was prevalent throughout the Bronze-Age, and when iron was first introduced, the existing bronze weapon-types were simply copied in the new material. The socketed axe was not to prevail, however, and was replaced by more robust types which entirely enclosed the haft of the weapon.

References for Cold Kitchen Hill

  • Iron Age Communities in Britain by Barry Cunliffe (London, 1974).

Map References for Cold Kitchen Hill

NGRef: ST8338 OSMap: LR183

Roman Roads near Cold Kitchen Hill

NNW (18) to Aqvae Svlis (Bath, Avon) WNW (13) to Shepton Mallet (Somerset) ESE (20) to Sorviodvnvm SSE (25) to Vindocladia NNW (16) to Combe Down