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A place of entertainment common in later medieval and post‐medieval times comprising a small round arena in which cockfights were held, surrounded by a viewing area for spectators. Some examples are covered by a building, but as earthworks cockpits are usually circular depressions up to 40 m in diameter and 2–3 m deep. In Britain the sport was made illegal in ad 1849.

Subjects: Archaeology.


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