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Hill Fort in Velichov 

The locality is freely accessible. The best way to reach the site is from the road leading from the village of Velichov to Moříčov. It steeply rises through the meadow and takes you to the summit of the hill. Or, if you are careful enough, you can climb up the ditch, which will take you to your destination. You can also start from Velichov or the above-mentioned road and follow the old roads and game refuges that define the old segmentation of this almost forgotten place.  

The hill fort is situated west of the village of Velichov on Lišcí vrch (Fox Hill, formerly known as Thebisberg and sometimes denoted as Děvice) on the left bank of the Ohře River. The settlement is oriented from the west to the east, the Ohře River flows along the eastern spur, and the settlement is in sight of the hill fort in Radošov in the south. The settlement is located on a basalt hummock at an elevation of 484 metres above sea level. The high-level plain is naturally protected by steep slopes in the north, east, and south.

In the west, the basalt outcrop is separated from the massif by a wide and several metres deep ditch cut in the bedrock. The old road from Velichov, visible in the slope under the settlement, leads through the ditch. A small mound rises above the ditch in the area of the outer settlement, which is sometimes interpreted as a relic of a medieval stronghold. The outer settlement is separated from the hill fort itself by a massive stone rampart, which is undoubtedly a relic of a more complex primeval fortification.

The flat plain slightly descends towards the east. There are several flat heaps of stones, which may be the remnants of older stone structures; nonetheless, the idea that they may have been collected in connection with farming activities seems more likely. Even though the high-level plain is well protected by its natural position, when looking closer, we can find traces of a rampart along its perimeter, which is the only evidence of the original circumvallation.

The eastern slope rapidly descends towards the Ohře River, leaving behind a number of lovely rockeries that are visible from the other side of the river. No archaeological research of the locality has been conducted. At present, we have at our disposal pottery fragments collected on the site in the 1950s and in the 1980s. These archaeological finds date the existence of the hill fort to the Late Bronze Age and the Early Hillfort Period. Thus, the fortified settlement was probably inhabited concurrently with the hill fort in nearby Radošov, where both the settlements apparently formed the eastern frontier of the Cheb and Karlovy Vary settlement area.

Moreover, the settlement may have played a similar role in the Early Hillfort Period, i.e. in the 11th and 12th century, as it could have been the easternmost Slavic hill fort on the territory of the Sedličans, even if then under the administration of the consolidating Przemyslid state. Medieval findings confirming the presence of a stronghold or a keep in the outer settlement of the hill fort remain unsupported by evidence.