1 What is the name of the ditch dug around the outside of the fort?
2 What was the souterrain (underground room) used for?
3 Where were the houses and how many were there?
4 What shape were the houses?
5 Where was the entrance to the fort? North, south, east or west?
Iron Age forts are normally oval, or circular, and are about between 25 and 50 metres across the diameter or widest part of the circle. They had a deep ditch or fosse dug all the way around the outside bank of the enclosure and this was usually filled with water. The entrance was usually on the east, or the south-eastern side. The houses were built inside the enclosure and were usually round in shape.
Draw a picture of a fort with three round houses in it.
Try to visit an Iron Age Fort (with a parent, or go on a class visit with your teacher). Measure it to see how wide it is. Make a model of a fort out of clay or plasticine. Put three or four houses inside and make an entrance on one side.
Imagine that Nuala found herself in your house. What would she find strange about it? Write down what she would say.
Imagine that you were watching a tribe or kin-group building a fort. Write a description of what they did.