Pupils dig for Norman Castle Walls

A group of Marlborough College pupils are continuing excavation work with the aim of uncovering the walls of a Norman Castle.

This term, the process began with a reminder of the importance of the work to come by watching the Marlborough Mound Trust video, which highlights the Mound’s history and what it means to the College.

The dramatic footage, included below, involves interviews with both renowned historians and members of the College community and tries to shed some light on the mystery of the mound.

The Marlborough Mound itself was successfully dated during an excavation in 2010; proving it to be Neolithic, dating from 2400-200BC. The aim of our dig is to uncover the walls of a Norman Castle, for which the mound served as the ‘motte’ to the motte and bailey castle.

Watch this four-minute video to see a model reconstruction of what the Castle Mound allegedly looked like.

Marlborough College archives reveal that in 1936 pupils dug and discovered the wall; their findings were published in the Marlborough Natural History Review with an image and information that the site was ten yards south of the Leaf Gardens, now the Geography Block.

In 2017, a group of Marlburians, led by Tony Roberts of Archeoscan, attempted to recover the walls. Unfortunately, the dig revealed little more than Victorian pottery; determined not to be defeated another dig is arranged – in a site several yards further south.

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By Evie McVeigh (MM U6)

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