Category Archives: Archaeology

DNA from skeleton puts enteric fever in medieval Europe

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Researchers have detected Salmonella Paratyphi C, which causes enteric fever, in a 800-year-old human skeleton from Trondheim, Norway. This suggests the potentially lethal disease, more common in hot countries, was present in medieval Europe. Now scientists are speculating that the evolution of enteric fever could be linked to the domestication of pigs across northern Europe….

Boy unearths treasure of the Danish king Bluetooth in Germany

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A 13-year-old boy and an amateur archaeologist have unearthed a “significant” trove in Germany which may have belonged to the Danish king Harald Bluetooth who brought Christianity to Denmark. René Schön and his student Luca Malaschnitschenko were looking for treasure using metal detectors in January on northern Rügen island when they chanced upon what they…

Silk Road nomads ate way better than city dwellers

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Silk Road nomads may have been the “foodies” of the Medieval Ages. New research shows they enjoyed much more diverse diets than did their settled urban counterparts. “Historians have long thought that urban centers along the Silk Road were cosmopolitan melting pots where culinary and cultural influences from far off places came together, but our…

Winterbourne medieval barn awarded £936,600 in National Lottery funding

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A project to help secure the future of Winterbourne’s Medieval Barn has taken a major step forward thanks to a £936,600 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), made possible by money raised by National Lottery players. South Gloucestershire Council have been working with the Winterbourne Medieval Barn Trust (WMBT) to develop a £1.76 million…

Early Medieval Bavarians Imported Brides With Elongated Skulls, Archaeologists Deduce

The discovery of nine Early Medieval women in Bavaria with artificially elongated skulls, diverse genetic origins and different dietary habits than local people indicates they came from afar, one possibly from Asia, researchers reported Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. Prof. Joachim Burger and colleagues even speculate at a reason: import…

Medieval David Gareji complex named among Europe’s most endangered sites

The David Gareji Monasteries and Hermitage, one of Georgia’s most cherished cultural heritage sites, has been included on a list of Europe’s seven most endangered monuments of this year, facilitating upcoming international efforts for its preservation. The rock complex, dating back to the 6th century, has been named among “gems of Europe’s cultural heritage” by…

St Albans Abbey ‘one of England’s early Norman cathedrals’

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St Albans Abbey has been confirmed as one of England’s early Norman cathedrals after experts uncovered foundations of the early church. Remains forming part of the early Norman abbey have been identified after foundations of the 11th Century church were revealed during excavation. Site director Ross Lane said: “We knew it was probably there but…

Abandoned medieval village is uncovered near Cambridge alongside an archaeological treasure trove

An abandoned medieval village has been uncovered by workers upgrading a stretch of road near Cambridge. The remains of 12 buildings cover an area of six hectares, and the entire layout of the settlement is discernible despite the fact it was deserted more than 1,800 years ago. Earlier remains of up to 40 Anglo Saxon…

This Medieval Mother Had a Gruesome ‘Coffin Birth’ After Medieval Brain Surgery

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In a cramped stone grave beneath the medieval town of Imola, Italy, a 1,300-year-old woman lies dead with a hole in her skull and a fetus between her legs. The fetus, now just a collection of tiny bones trailing below the mother’s skeletal pelvis, was likely delivered in the grave through a phenomenon called “coffin…

Galway’s ‘missing’ 13th century castle found in medieval quarter

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Sections of Galway’s earliest stone castle which shaped the development of the medieval port have been discovered during restoration of a 15th century manor house in the city. Limestone walls forming the “missing” castle, built in 1232, were located by an archaeological team during preparatory work on the disused building on Quay Street, which has…

Excavation work under way at Norwich Castle

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Excavation work is under way in the basement of Norwich Castle as archaeologists delve deeper into the historic landmark and the mound on which it stands. They are two weeks into an eight-week programme which aims to shed further light on the origins of Norwich’s stone keep, and their findings will help inform how the…

A Crusader-Era High Altar Resurfaces in Jerusalem’s Holy Sepulcher

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For decades it was known only as the “graffiti stone.” Leaning against a wall in a shadowy corner of Jerusalem’s Holy Sepulcher, the big blank rock the size of a dining-room table invited scribbling by passing pilgrims and tourists. But two Israeli researchers who recently examined the other side of the stone say the neglected…

Domesday book lent to British Library for Anglo-Saxon exhibition

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Domesday, the earliest public record and perhaps the most famous book in English history, is to be lent to the British Library for a landmark exhibition on the Anglo-Saxons. The National Archives announced on Friday that it was lending one of its most prized possessions, the great survey of England commissioned by William the Conqueror…

10,000 medieval artifacts found in Oxford including bloodletting bowls and beer mugs

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A treasure trove of 10,000 artefacts uncovered in Oxford has revealed what life was once like at the city’s prestigious university 800 years ago. In one of Britain’s largest ever urban excavations, experts have found bloodletting bowls, writing equipment and beer mugs used by both students and teachers. The artefacts have revealed that Oxford’s medieval…

True Gaelic: Unearthing Medieval Ireland

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True Gaelic: Unearthing Medieval Ireland is a documentary that takes you along as archeologists unearth a mysterious Irish lordship dating to the Middle Ages. Powerful Irish lords ruled over this land but very little has been known about their uniquely Gaelic way of life—until now. This excavation promises to rewrite Irish history as the unknown…