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Seeing The Forest For The Trees

Taking this photo I am standing on top of an ancient Iron Age hill fort, known later to medieval historians as 'Caer Guorthegirn', believed to be also the site of the fugitive usurper King Vortigern's wooden fortress. In that fortress the traitorous Vortigern was burned alive by the brothers Aurelius Ambrosius and Uther Pendragon, sons of the murdered Constans, the former true King of the Britons.


Through the trees in front of me I can see across the river valley to the hillside which borders the great Forest Of Dean. The section in view is now known as Lady Park Wood, part of which is a national nature reserve. In the time of the Celts, where I am standing there would have been less trees. They would have been cut down or at least thinned to enable the Iron Age warriors of the fierce Silures tribe to keep a watchful eye out for Roman soldiers. For across the river though round to the left a bit out of the frame, on what is now known as Symonds Yat Rock, was a Roman outpost under general command of Ostorius Scapula. The Silures remained a thorn in the side of Rome for decades and were never really completely defeated or pacified.


In fact you could say that the Silures to the Roman legions were like the Chiricahua Apache were to the United States cavalry only more so :))


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Taken on January 23, 2009