Holy Moly

black mole in open air, molehill

Oblivious to the laws of humankind, the moles beneath Whitley Castle clearly didn’t get the memo that excavation on its ancient grounds is strictly prohibited. Unearthing fragments of Roman ceramics, pottery and even beads of rare jewellery, these law-breaking moles have unintentionally made a great contribution to archaeology.


Local volunteers at the second-century castle have since been permitted to sieve through the molehills on a site where even farmers can’t turn the land.


Words by Flora Hackett