|Meeting places and symbols of status|
Hillforts are incredibly visual in the landscape, even after thousands of years of erosion.
Symbols of Status
Some hillforts have many miles of ramparts and it is likely that many people would have been required to dig the ditches, build the banks and put up the palisade (the large wooden fence). This amount of labour would have needed a leader to co-ordinate the work.
Hillforts also come in various sizes, from around 2 hectares up to over 20 hectares (a hectare is just smaller than the size of a football pitch). Some hillforts have elaborate entrances and many ramparts. It has been suggested that these differences may indicate various leaders trying to out-do one another.
Significant days in the calendar may have been celebrated here, such as the summer and winter solstices and the spring and autumn equinox (although remember that the word “solstice” comes from the Latin words sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still) and "equinox" is derived from the Latin words aequus [equal] and nox [night]).
Hillforts could also have been used to hold markets where people from across the area could sell items such as excess food. This would have been important as, through selling excess food for example, people could make money to spend on objects to help them move up the social ladder.