Category Archives: Archaeology

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

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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…

Space Archeologists Find Evidence Of New Viking Site In North America

Eric the Red Viking

Clues embedded into ancient Norse sagas have led a team of archeologists to discover a long-lost stone hearth in a remote peninsula in Newfoundland, Canada, which could have been used by Viking explorers who came to North America centuries ago. The scientists believe that if the site proves to be the work of Norse people…

Medieval-Era Ship Raised from Dutch Riverbed

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A wooden ship likely to have been deliberately sunk in a Dutch river to alter its flow more than 600 years ago has been successfully raised by a team of archaeologists. The Ijssel River, a tributary of the legendary Rhine, harbored the flat-bottomed, wooden ship for centuries until it was discovered in 2012 during efforts…

Relic of Beheaded Medieval Swedish King Might Be Authentic

Eric IX the Saint

To open a medieval reliquary containing a saint’s bones, you have to have a good reason, said Sabine Sten. Sten is an osteoarchaeologist (a type of scientist who studiesskeletal remains from archaeological sites) at Uppsala University in Sweden. Two years ago, she got permission to open a reliquary (a container used to hold objects deemed…

‘Joan of Arc’ ring sells for £240,000 after English v French bidding battle

joan of arc ring

A medieval ring long associated with Joan of Arc sold for £240,000 – almost 30 times its estimate – at Timeline Auctions in Bloomsbury on February 25. It was bought by two French solicitors thought to be acting on behalf of the French government. In the transcript of Joan’s Trial of Condemnation in 1431 several…

Preserving Butter Medieval Style

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Like most people these days, we have a refrigerator to keep food fresh, and it runs on electricity — and here in Ireland, we get that from burning peat, or “turf.” A short walk from our house in the Bog of Allen, the land has been strip-mined to remove, press and dry the turf, in…

1,000-year-old ‘lost’ medieval village found under M74 motorway

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The lost medieval village of Cadzow may have been finally located after artefacts more than 1,000 years old were unearthed during upgrading work on the M74. The discoveries near Hamilton in South Lanarkshire include coins believed to date from the 10th or 11th century, and fragments of glazed medieval pottery and clay smoking pipes. They…

Restoration of St Buryan medieval cross uncovers 11th century tomb stone cover

St Buryan medieval cross

A project to restore a medieval cross in St Buryan has uncovered a “rare find” in the form of what is possibly an 11th century tomb stone cover. St Buryan Church PCC, Cornwall Archaeological Unit, Scott & Co. Chartered Surveyors and local builders Bolithos are undertaking works to restore the imposing stepped medieval cross in…

‘Chaucer’s Children’: New 3-D Imaging Technique Sheds Light On Diet Of Ancient Children

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A team of scientists at the University of Kent have used 3-D microscopic imaging to create a new method of examining the teeth of ancient children who lived between the 11th and 15th centuries. Current alternative methods pose the risk of damaging the teeth, whereas the new 3-D imaging technique, called dental microwear texture analysis,…

Archaeologists Find Medieval Foot Fungus In Portuguese Cemetery

medieval foot fungus

In an unassuming cemetery in Estremoz, southern Portugal, archaeologists found over 100 burials dating to the 13th to 15th centuries AD. One middle-aged man, however, had a hole in his head and clear evidence of disease in his left foot. Their diagnosis? A foot fungus that has never been seen in Medieval Europe before. The…