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Moles help to unearth Roman Finds

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Monday 21 October  BBC One Show

How moles have been helping archaeologists uncover the secrets of a Roman fort in Cumbria. 

The Heritage Lottery Funded (HLF) Altogether Archaeology project has seen professional archaeologists working alongside over 500 volunteers to research the historic environment of the North Pennines. Volunteers have been surveying molehills at the Roman Fort of Epiacum to find out more about the below ground archaeology of this scheduled site where excavation is prohibited.

Archaeologist Paul Frodsham interviewed by the BBC said "I realise it sounds a bit ridiculous, but it's actually quite serious...We look at all the finds and we work out what's going on in different parts of the fort and different kinds of pottery tell us what dates different buildings are"

In 2012 a jet bead and a decorative bronze dolphin were recovered from molehills.

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For more information about archaeological finds and where to get advice see the Introduction to Standards and Guidance in Archaeological Practice website and the Council for British Archaeology guide to Best Practice.

Aerial view of Epiacum Roman Fort, Cumbria  © English Heritage
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