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The Ancestors - Somerset - Cadbury Castle



Type of Spiritual Experience


A description of the experience

Cadbury Castle, formerly known as Camalet, is according to archaeologists “a Bronze and Iron Age hillfort”.  Except, as those familiar with sacred geography will be able to see from the photos, it is not.  It is a sacred site, in the same way that Uluru in Australia is a sacred site.  It is a natural ‘mountain’ on which a path of ascension has been constructed for initiates to become adepts. 

The path up it spirals, there are no ‘ramparts’, you can walk up it – and that is the idea.  For those unfamiliar with the idea of ascension it is a spiritual concept which occurs world-wide; even some of the most famous mosques in the world have incorporated towers, built this time by man, to achieve the same end.

The location

Cadbury Castle is located 5 miles (8.0 km) north east of Yeovil, in the civil parish of South Cadbury in the English county of Somerset. It is a scheduled monument and has been associated with King Arthur's legendary court at Camelot.

Cadbury Hill is a limestone hill situated on the southern edge of the Somerset Levels, with flat lowland to the north. The summit is 153 m (500 ft) above sea-level on lias stone. 
Chalk and limestone are good insulators and given the positioning of the hill on some very important ley lines, it is possible that it was a focus for a number of telluric currents

The hill is surrounded by terraced earthwork banks and ditches providing the path of ascension.  There is also a “stand of trees”.  Often a stand of trees indicates the existence of a woodhenge.


The summit platform is egg shaped.  It covers 7.28 hectares (18.0 acres), and is surrounded by an inner bank which is 1.2 kilometres (0.75 mi) long.  Next to the Cadbury Hill, is another slightly smalled hill - Sigwells, a rural plateau rich in archaeological remains.

‘Due to scrub and tree growth the site has been added to the Heritage at Risk register.’ In other words, the two hills should be viewed together – symbolically the Mother and Father – the Creator and Created, as well as the Sun and Moon.

Excavation of the sites has unearthed artifacts from the Neolithic through the Bronze and Iron Ages.

Roman sacrilege

The BBC ran a television show for some time called ‘what the Romans did for us’.  In fact, many of the so called advances attributed to the Romans had nothing to do with them, the roads existed before the Romans came and they just built on them, as did metal working and very advanced farming methods. 

What the Romans did was attempt to strip Britain of its resources – timber , tin, lead, copper, iron and so on.  And in doing so to show their contempt for the ones conquered, they built villas and temples on sacred sites and used the sites as garrison posts.  And indeed, the Romans occupied the site and used it for their barracks and as a defence fort.  Under the Romans it then became a ‘hill fort’.  The buildings found on the top have now become so jumbled it is largely impossible to tell what any were, as existing buildings were torn down to build new houses for the soldiers. 

At the time of the Roman invasion, there had been twelve tribes, corresponding to the signs of the Zodiac; each tribe would have had its own sacred site one for each sign.  There may well have been pilgtimages from site to site mirroring the path around the Zodiac.  There had been no real invasion, the Belgae for example practised the same system of beliefs as the locals, what may have been imported is added sophistication in building these great monuments to the Creator, God, more integration with sites like Carnac and Orkney and more willing manpower to make them more impressive.

There is evidence that the fort was violently taken in around 43 AD and that the defences were further slighted later in the 1st century after the construction of a Roman army barracks on the hilltop. Excavations of the southwest gate in 1968 and 1969 revealed evidence for one or more severe violent episodes, associated with weaponry and destruction by fire.  The excavator, Leslie Alcock, believed this to have been dated to around AD 70   “Michael Havinden states that it was the site of vigorous resistance by the Durotriges and Dobunni to the second Augusta Legion under the command of Vespasian”, which as one can imagine it would be.  How would the Arabs feel for example if the Americans took Mecca and then occupied it as an army base.  And the final act of sacrilege?
  “There was significant activity at the site during the late third and fourth centuries, which may have included the construction of a Roman temple”.

The end of Camelot.

It is even sadder when one realises that of the two sacred wells on Cadbury hill, one is called King Arthur's well

The Yetholm shield

One of the more impressive finds from South Cadbury is a Yetholm-type shield currently displayed at the Museum of Somerset, Taunton.

Bones recovered from the site have been radiocarbon dated to 3500 and 3300 BC, and carbon dating of the shield indicates it was deposited in the 10th century BC, although metallurgical evidence suggests that it was manufactured two centuries earlier. 
In other words this site had been in use as a sacred place for several thousand years before the Romans came and destroyed it.

The finds from the Late Bronze Age to the Early Iron Age, exploring the ramparts and southwestern gate structure, represent one of the deepest and most complex Iron Age stratigraphic sequences excavated in southern Britain.”

Yetholm type shields look like a map of the cosmic egg [see cross references under the concepts], and, of course, as a consequence they are also similar to the sacred site site and how it is constructed.  At one time it appears that the shields were marked with the sacred sites one had visited on a pilgrimage - like a sort of tick list of where one had been intiated into the mysteries of that site.  The centre of course is the unmoving mover.

The source of the experience

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