Category Archives: Archaeology

Sutton Hoo: Money available to develop historic Anglo-Saxon site

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Money has been made available to develop a historic Anglo-Saxon ship burial site so visitors can retrace a royal funeral procession. It is believed Sutton Hoo in Suffolk was the final resting place for King Raedwald of East Anglia in the 7th Century. It is thought the ship was hauled to the site from the…

Medieval Europe’s publishing industry

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The mystery of how the medieval world made some of its finest books has at last been solved — after 700 years. New research is revealing the trade secrets of Europe’s very first largescale commercial publishing industry. Several generations before the widespread introduction of paper into Christian Europe, the continent’s craftsmen discovered a way of…

The Malleus Maleficarum: A Medieval Manual for Witch Hunters

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The Salem witch trials, which began in 1692 in Salem Village, Massachusetts bay colony, are one of the most well-known and notorious witch trials in history. Yet, this was not the only case of these acts, as witch trials had been conducted in Europe for almost three centuries by then. This was due to the…

Hiker finds 1,200-yr-old Viking sword in Norway

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The sword, found at Haukeli in central southern Norway will be sent for conservation at the The University Museum of Bergen. Jostein Aksdal, an archeologist with Hordaland County said the sword was in such good condition that if it was given a new grip and a polish, it could be used today. He said that…

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

Historians 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…

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

A 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….

Neurological condition probably caused medieval scribe’s shaky handwriting

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Scribes usually have pretty good handwriting. That’s not the case for one prolific 13th century writer known to scholars only as the Tremulous Hand of Worcester. Now scientists suggest the writer suffered from a neurological condition called essential tremor. Neurologist Jane Alty and historical handwriting researcher Deborah Thorpe, both of the University of York in…

50 Graves Uncovered at Medieval Pilgrimage Site in England

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The skeletal remains of about 50 medieval individuals have been discovered in shallow graves near the pilgrimage site of a famous seventh-century saint in England. The human remains, which have been exhumed, may help archaeologists learn more about the medieval era, according to Archaeology Warwickshire, an archaeology and excavation firm. The company plans to study…

Drone Technology Aids in Discoveries at Medieval Irish Sites

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Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) have been gaining attention in the news for the last few years, but archaeologists like Saint Louis University history professor Thomas Finan, Ph.D., have always appreciated what aerial photography could accomplish. Finan says UAV technology, along with high speed computer applications and mapping software, and sensors that can collect multi-spectral image…

Medieval Skeleton Discovered Under Uprooted Tree

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When an old beech tree toppled over during winter storms in Ireland this year, a skeletal surprise was hiding in the gigantic mass of roots pulled from the ground: the remains of a medieval boy. The 215-year-old tree was uprooted in May in Collooney, a town in the county of Sligo, on the northwest coast…

Mass medieval grave found at Aberdeen school

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A mass grave with more than 20 medieval skeletons has been hailed a “major discovery”. The remains, thought to date back to the 13th century, were discovered during installation works at a top private school in Scotland. The bones were buried less than two feet underground in the quad area of the site and are…

Medieval marvel at risk from rot and deathwatch beetle

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A rare medieval church roof in Suffolk is at risk of being destroyed by deathwatch beetle and wet rot. The ceiling’s said to be one of the finest examples in Europe and draws visitors from all over the world. Now the parish council of St John the Baptist’s church in Needham Market is desperately trying…

Estonian construction workers dig up medieval ships

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The capital of Estonia is perhaps not the place where one would expect to find the remains of medieval ships, but that is exactly what happened to a group of construction workers in Tallinn this week. While working on the foundations for high-end apartments in a seaside area of the Baltic state’s capital, the men…

Carbon dating reveals ‘fantastic Saxon find’ at Stafford rail development

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Archaeologists have discovered that a wooden butter churn lid unearthed at a major rail development near Stafford is from the Saxon period following scientific tests. Evidence of prehistoric activity had already been uncovered in the same area of the site near Norton Bridge and archaeologists believed the butter churn could be from the same period….

Ninety-two human skeletons have been found on the site of a medieval church in Oxford

Archaeologists made the discovery near the Kassam Stadium after a valuation was carried out as part of a planning application for a new hotel. Paul Murray, from John Moore Heritage Services, described the discovery of the burials as “amazing”. The derelict Priory pub is the only building that remains of a nunnery founded on the…