Invitation from Marlow Archaeology Society
The Round Mounds Project: from Medieval Mottes to Prehistoric Round Mounds
Dr Jim Leary, University of Reading
Late Neolithic round mounds, such as Silbury Hill near Avebury, are among the rarest and least well understood monuments in Britain. Recent archaeological work at the medieval Marlborough Castle motte, Wiltshire, however, has shown it to be a reused Neolithic round mound, comparable in date to Silbury Hill. Could prehistoric round mounds therefore be more numerous and widespread than previously thought? Have many been hidden in plain sight for the past thousand years – incorporated into the fabric of later medieval castles? Such a link has not been drawn before, and yet, if true, could have considerable implications for the way we understand both late Neolithic round mounds and medieval castles.
This talk will discuss the results from the Leverhulme Trust funded project Extending Histories: From Medieval Mottes to Prehistoric Round Mounds, which aims to discover the history of monumental mounds in the English landscape. The project brings together evidence from detailed analytical earthwork survey, geoarchaeological techniques and a comprehensive dating programme to determine the date of construction, sequence of development and environmental context of 20 castle mottes from across England.
Bio: Dr Jim Leary works at the University of Reading where he lectures in archaeology and directs the Archaeology Field School, which is based in the Vale of Pewsey in Wiltshire. Jim also directs the Leverhulme-funded Round Mounds Project and has recently published a book called ‘The Remembered Land. Surviving Sea-level Rise after the Last Ice Age’. He previously worked for English Heritage as a prehistorian.
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