A talk by Jim Leary, English Heritage. Over the last few years the three giant round mounds of Wessex have seen some form of archaeological work. In 2007 and 2008 Silbury Hill was the focus of a multi-million pound project which included opening and retracing the 1968 tunnel into the heart of the Hill. 2010 saw excavations at Marden, one of the largest Neolithic henge monuments in Britain, which provided evidence for the now demolished mound known as the Hatfield Barrow – said to have been as much as 15m tall. Whilst, in the autumn of that year coring work through the Marlborough Mound produced six radiocarbon samples, which revealed for the fist time that the mound is prehistoric in date and contemporary with Silbury Hill and the Hatfield Barrow. This lecture will describe the latest from each of these projects, and explore a variety of ways of understanding these enigmatic monuments, particularly their association with rivers and springs.
A lecture in the Salisbury Museum Archaeology Lectures (SMAL) series. SMAL lectures are held on the second Tuesday of each month from September to April.