Sunday, March 11, 2007

New find by Silbury Hill

In this comment over at Aardvarchaeology, Mustafa Mond, FCD points to an article about a new archaeological find.

Mystery hill yields 3,000-year-old town

Archaeologists have discovered a Roman settlement at the base of Silbury Hill, an ancient man-made mound in Wiltshire, southwest England, English Heritage said on Saturday.

The 5,000-year-old hill is the largest man-made prehistoric monument in Europe and appears to contain no burial or shrine. Its original purpose remains a mystery.

The find shows Romans were living in its shadow some 3,000 years after the 34-meter (112-ft) high mound was built.

Back in 1997 I spent some weeks traveling around in Southern England and Wales, spending quite a bit of time in Bath. While doing that, I also saw the hill in question, and have been facinated by it ever since.
It's not much to look at, but the simple fact that there is a man-made hill which serves no purpose that we can find, is (to my eyes) incredibly interesting.

Some links for your reading pleasure:
May 2003, British Archaeology article.
Wikipedia article.

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