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« on: October 25, 2007, 03:27:11 am »



Building work has been going on to stabilise the ancient monument of Silbury Hill in Wiltshire for six months but before sealing up the tunnel, media were allowed inside it.
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« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2007, 03:29:15 am »



Parts of the 4,400-year-old Neolithic site were thought to be collapsing because of the tunnels dug by archaeologists over many centuries - the last of which was created in 1968.
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« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2007, 03:30:13 am »



As engineers worked to stabilise the monument, archaeologists have tried to unlock the site's ancient secrets and find out how, why and when it was built.
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« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2007, 03:31:03 am »



Discoveries include medieval postholes on top of the hill and iron arrowheads, indicating there may have been a huge military building there during the Saxon or Norman periods.
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« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2007, 03:31:53 am »



One theory is that the top of the hill was lopped off around the time of the Battle of Hastings or even earlier.
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« Reply #5 on: October 25, 2007, 03:32:39 am »



From next week, the tunnel will be repacked with chalk to stabilise the hill for future generations to appreciate.
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