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A coastal promontory adapted as an enclosure by the construction of one or more ramparts across the neck of the spur in order to separate it from the mainland and make it defensible. The promontories chosen usually end in steep cliffs on the seaward side. Numerous examples are known around the western coasts of the British Isles where they mainly seem to date to the later 1st millennium bc and early 1st millennium ad. Some appear to have been used as small settlements; others may have had a predominantly ritual or ceremonial purpose, perhaps connected with the sea.

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