Category Archives: Archaeology

Lost Medieval castle discovered at House of Dun

Dun Castle

Archaeological excavations at the House of Dun have uncovered the remains of what is thought to be a 14th century castle. The excavations were carried out as part of the National Trust for Scotland’s Trailblazer residential working holidays, which offer the opportunity for young people aged 16 to 17 to experience archaeological excavations and conservation…

King Arthur’s Home? Archaeologists Investigate Legendary Birthplace

King Arthur Castle dig

Archaeologists are investigating a mysterious coastal settlement that they think may have been home to post-Roman British royalty, at Tintagel in Cornwall, England, the reputed birthplace of the legendary King Arthur. Hundreds of pieces of “high-status” pottery and glass were found at the site, located on England’s southwest coast. The researchers said the headland was…

Search Is On for King Henry I, Who May Be Buried Under a Parking Lot

Henry I Reading Abbey

Looking for a dead medieval king? You might want to check under a parking lot. That theory, at least, is on the minds of archaeologists and historians in Reading, about 40 miles west of London, who this week will begin searching for the high altar of the abbey founded by King Henry I. They believe…

Mapping the Medieval: Ithaca College Professor Building Digital Model of Ireland’s Trim Castle

Trim Castle Map

Imagine touring a medieval castle without ever leaving your room. That may soon be possible thanks to the efforts of Professor Michael “Bodhi” Rogers and a team of students from Ithaca College. Rogers and four students traveled to County Meath, Ireland, in June to use a laser scanner to map Trim Castle. Built during the…

Skeleton provides evidence that confirms historical events mentioned in the Norwegian Viking Sagas

Viking-Sagas

Archaeologists working in Trondheim in Norway have unearthed a human skeleton in the bottom of an abandoned castle well. The skeleton provides evidence that confirms dramatic historical events mentioned in the Viking Sagas. The location and contents of the well are mentioned in Sverre’s Saga, a chronicle of one of the kings of Norway, and…

Healthy ‘Vampires’ Emerge From Graves In Medieval Polish Cemetery

medieval-vampire-grave

Archaeologists excavating a Medieval cemetery site in Kałdus, Poland, recently discovered hundreds of graves — among them, they found 14 anti-vampire burials. Some of these people were decapitated, others buried face-down, and still more were weighted down with stones. One of the major theories about ancient “vampire” graves is that people buried in this way…

10 Historic Hungarian Castles

sumeg castle

Kinizsi Castle Kinizsi Castle is a 14th century fortification, located in the village of Nagyvázsony in the Veszprém county. The castle was named after Pál Kinizsi, a Hungarian general in the service of King Matthias Corvinus. He was the Count of Temes from 1484 and Captain-General of the Lower Parts. He is famous for his…

Budding archaeologists wanted for ‘ancient graveyard’ dig on Anglesey

archaeologists wanted for ancient graveyard

The search is on to find volunteers to help unearth what could be an ancient graveyard on Anglesey. Gwynedd Archaeological Trust is looking for curious people to help dig at an excavation on the edge of Llangefni at Hedd yr Ynys. It’s not known for sure what lies beneath the field, however it is thought…

Remains of medieval kitchen that served pilgrims discovered in Suffolk

medieval-kitchen

The remains of a medieval kitchen where cooks may have prepared meals for hungry pilgrims, has been discovered in Suffolk. The rare 14th Century building was discovered on the site of Guildhall Feoffment School, which itself was built on an 11th century road system in Bury St Edmunds. While the flint and mortar outline of…

Archaeologists in Gwynedd discover medieval castle during excavation

Hen Gastell

The Gwynedd Archaelogical Trust which is surveying Hen Gastell at Llanwnda have hailed it as ‘a really important’ find. Archaeologists have discovered what’s believed to be a “well-defended” home of a medieval Welsh lord after examining the findings of a long running excavation. The Gwynedd Archaelogical Trust started surveying Hen Gastell (Old Castle) at Llanwnda,…

Medieval cemetery discovered under Cambridge college will help unlock secrets of the Black Death

medieval-skeletons

More than 1,200 human skeletons discovered beneath a Cambridge college will help shed new light on the city’s medieval past. The medieval cemetery was discovered by archaeologists working at the Old Divinity School at St John’s College, which was built on the site of a 13th century hospital. The remains of men, women and children…

A ‘nationally important’ medieval graveyard has been discovered beneath the site of a new road

medieval-graveyard

Contractors building the road on Anglesey have found an ancient cemetery. Archaeologists digging on the site of an ancient cemetery say they have unearthed a 1,500-year-old “time capsule” of national importance. Since an initial find last month at least 48 graves have been discovered on the site of the new Llangefni link road, on Anglesey…

Medieval gold brooch dug up in Oxfordshire is declared treasure

medieval-brooch

A Medieval gold brooch dug up in a farmer’s field but “good enough to wear today” was one of a host of precious finds from Oxfordshire declared treasure today. The rectangular brooch, dating from AD 1230 to 1350, will now be valued by a panel at the British Museum along with other treasures from around…

‘Lost’ Medieval Music Performed for First Time in 1,000 Years

lost-medieval-music

The language of music is universal, but can be lost over time. After a 20-year reconstruction effort, a researcher and a performer of medieval music have brought “lost” songs from the Middle Ages back to life. The “Songs of Consolation” were recently performed at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. Reconstructed from “neumes”…

Archaeologists hoping to uncover more remains of medieval priory in Northumberland

Northumbria-priory

The Holystone History & Archaeology Group has been awarded grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Northumberland National Park and the Coquetdale Community Archaeology Group to fund their efforts at further discovery. The group has spent years trying to pinpoint the exact whereabouts of the priory which existed from the 12th century until it was dissolved…