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Pagans Hill : Location and General Character
A plan of the Pagans Hill complex, showing the temple and ancillary buildings. (Rahtz and Watts 1989: fig 2 )
The slopes of the spur below the temple, the site of the ancillary buildings. (photo: John Pearce)

The temple occupies the eastern end of a spur that overlooks the Chew Valley. Although not particularly high, the situation of the temple gives a wide view to north, east and potentially also to the south although this is currently obscured by a yew hedge. Likewise the temple complex would have been a prominent feature in the local landscape. Excavations elsewhere in the Chew valley have revealed a landscape densely occupied in the Roman period. The temple lies in the western hinterland of Roman Bath where villas are especially plentiful.

Surface indications of the temple are limited, a low mound on the spur's summit and irregularities on the slopes beneath, the remnants of excavated ancillary buildings and perhaps more awaiting discovery, as well as the pits dug to rob these structures for building stone for nearby farms and houses.

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