The Holy Ghost: Historian pinpoints final resting place of one of medieval England’s greatest ships

BattleofSluysHistorians and archaeologists have tentatively identified the location of one of medieval England’s greatest ships.

Detailed archival and aerial photographic research carried out by British maritime historian, Ian Friel, has pinpointed a 30 metre stretch of the River Hamble near Southampton as the final resting place of one of Henry V’s largest warships – the Holigost (in modern English, the Holy Ghost).

The vessel is entombed in deep mud under the bed of the river.

The government’s historic environment agency, Historic England, is now planning to carry out a detailed survey of the ship. They intend to use sonar-based sub-bottom profiling equipment to ‘x-ray’ through the deep mud to create a computerized image of the vessel.

The Holy Ghost was the third biggest ship in Henry’s navy. It was capable of carrying around 750 tonnes of weapons, equipment, men and cargo, had up to 200 crew and spent much of its time at sea

The vessel was also the earliest English ship known to have had repairs carried out by a diver – a Welshman called Davy Owen. Additionally, the ship is interesting for the number of significant named individuals associated with it – including the vessel’s builder (the early 15th century Southampton merchant and MP, William Soper); the vessel’s master (captain), Jordan Brownyng; and one of Henry’s top military commanders, Sir Thomas Carew.

The Holy Ghost was also important for the way it would have symbolized Henry’s personal political and religious beliefs. Historical research over recent years has revealed that the ship bore one of his personal royal mottos – ‘Une sanz pluis’ (borrowed from a French version of the Iliad) – meaning literally ‘one and no more’, expressing the king’s ultra-autocratic political belief that he alone, by divine right, was absolute master of England.

Chinese archeologists unearth 800-year-old rare turtle shaped tomb with human remains

turtle-tomb-china-tecakeA very rare 800-year-old brick tomb that gives a turtle like appearance when viewed from top was discovered under the house of a Chinese villager. Archaeologists believe that the tomb was used by our ancestors for preserving human bodies and it still possess human remains of several generations which reveal important information of that era.

A villager who lives in Shangzhuang village in Shanxi Province discovered the tomb while laying the foundation for his new house in April this year. While digging the land, he saw several-year-old sculpture and without destroying or altering it he reported to the concerned agencies.

Later it was found that the tomb belongs to mid to late Jin Dynasty (1115-1234). The tomb is four meters tall and contains an octagonal burial chamber along with five small rooms at the chamber’s northern, northeastern, northwestern, southeastern and southwestern sides. While examining, the archaeologists found that the chamber has seven sides with 21 brick carvings, three on each side.

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Medieval Tuscany village on sale for £30m complete with fruit farm and a church

Medieval-tuscan-villageWhy buy one holiday home when you can buy 70 – and a church and organic fruit farm?

Villages in Europe that were abandoned during the recession as their owners fled the country to find jobs in the city have been put up for sale – but you’ll need deep pockets for the biggest and best.

The 800-year-old Poggio Santa Cecila Estate in Tuscany, for instance – a walled medieval hilltop village with 1,729 acres of land and numerous farmhouses, workshops and cottages – has gone on the market for £30million.

Located 20 minutes from Siena and an hour from Florence, the estate also has a church called The Church of Madonna Ferrata.

Inside the estate are buildings that once housed more than 200 farmworkers and artisans who worked there.

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