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Drawing of the Viereckschanze Buchendorf in Germany

A Viereckschanze (from German "four-corner-rampart"; plural -en) is a rectangular ditched enclosure that was constructed during the Iron Age in parts of Celtic Western Europe. They are widespread in Germany, parts of northern France[1][2] and also in some regions of the Iberian Peninsula, most notably in Portugal.[3]

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  1. ^ Cunliffe, Barry (1997). The Ancient Celts. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press; pp. 200-201.
  2. ^ Koch, John T. (2006). Celtic Culture: A Historical Encyclopedia. 1. ABC-CLIO. p. 229. ISBN 978-1-85109-440-0. Retrieved 2015. Plan of the densely-occupied Bopfingen: the 2nd-century BC Viereckschanze (83 m x 73 m) is at the bottom, a 9.5 x 10 m building lies inside the Viereckschanze to the lower left, and two other buildings are visible as large post holes at opposite ...
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