posted on Jan, 22 2020 @ 09:51 AM
The Bulwarks are an unsolved mystery. Huge effort went into digging the ditch in bedrock. It must have been for a valuable cause. I estimate it would
have remained usable for around two hundred years. The design is obviously to keep people in. The shape is an open U.
This is what they look like now. www.megalithic.co.uk...
Originally there was a stone wall backed by earth and rubble. In front of the wall was a nine foot wide berm and in front of that a ditch seven and a
half feet deep. There is a drawing at this pdf link. www.glosarch.org.uk...
This diagram shows the shape of the bulwarks. www.british-history.ac.uk...
It's said Caratacus may have based his resistance at Minchinhampton. If this is true it would have been a symbolic location to train Roman cavalry
scouts before sending them ahead into the hills where the resistance fighters lived.
It was probably at this time that Caratacus realised that the
south east of England was a lost cause. This included his family tribal base at Colchester. This was due to the might and organisation of the Roman
Army that had defeated the British at the Battle of the Medway. He therefore went northwest with his forces towards the Druid base on Anglesey,
possibly basing himself first at Minchinhampton, near Stroud in Gloucestershire.
My thought is that British captives would be taken to the open mouth of the trap. Probably given a chance to 'escape', possibly at night. Then
hunted by new recruits to harden them and train them in efficient methods of rounding up and killing native warriors. We can imagine the despair of
the Britons on finding the ditch, berm with guards on duty, and the wall probably surmounted with a wooden overhanging fence. Like rats in a trap
they'd fight to the last giving real world training to the Romans.
I can't see any other realistic use for this otherwise unexplained barrier. It makes no sense as a boundary to be defended or an animal enclosure.