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Roman Fort Attacked By Moles, Archaeologists Benefit
Moles at the site of Epiacum, a Roman fort dating from the first to the fourth centuries AD, have been getting busy digging holes in the soil and turning up all sorts of archaeological goodies. The site is protected by English Heritage and nobody, not even the local farmers, is allowed to dig on it. The moles have apparently never heard of English Heritage and have been tossing out Roman pottery, jewelry, and even a bit of old plumbing.
Volunteers have been sifting through the moles' backdirt, under the watchful eye of English Heritage, and the artifacts are being sent to a nearby museum.
Epiacum, known locally as Whitley Castle, lies twelve miles to the south of Hadrian's Wall and protected some nearby lead and silver mines. Click here for more information about visiting the site.
Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons.