There are sites of archaeological interest from 6 different eras in and around a small part of the forest. These include Bronze Age burial mounds, sadly not within the Forest but not far away, an Iron Age Hill Fort, misleadingly called Caesar's Camp although there is no evidence of a direct connection with the Romans, a Roman road, town and possible a Roman fort. The town became a Saxon town when the Romans left Britain in 410AD and some think that the site of the fort became a Saxon manor house. In the late 1700s a number of Redoubts were constructed for training soldiers in tactics to fight Napoleon and over a long period the Forest was also a Royal hunting area with number of trails, called Rides, constructed to provide easy access. Finally during the Second World War there were a number of military emplacements set in the Forest forming part of the defensive line against a possible German invasion which extended from Bristol as the GHQ Line Blue, along the Kennet and Avon Canal to just south of Reading then down south, through the western edge of the Forest and on round the south of Guildford.
In recent times there has been little archaeological study of any of these features and one aim of this site is to publish what I know and to stir up greater interest in exploring and documenting them so that an important part of our history and heritage can be preserved and presented in an exciting way.
There is also a bit of myth and mystery associated with the Forest and I aim to associate that with the features it contains.