Category Archives: Archaeology

DNA From Medieval Skeletons Reveals Earliest Muslims In France

Nimes Burial

Archaeologists have long known about Arab-Muslim expansion throughout the Mediterranean region in the Middle Ages. Reaching the Iberian Peninsula in 711 AD, Arab armies and Muslim troops spread into France, Spain, and Portugal. But while written records document this expansion, archaeological and burial evidence of early Muslims past the Pyrenees is basically non-existent. In a…

Activists hoping to raise funds to restore famous medieval priory in Kerry

KilcolmanAbbey

Plans are afoot in mid-Kerry to restore what was once one of the richest priories in Ireland. Historians and foreign tourists mostly comprise the annual visitors to the Augustinian Abbey at Killagha near Milltown, completed in Anglo-Norman times. However, locals are determined to make it a major attraction again. Founded in 1215-1216 by Strongbow’s nephew…

Accidental coin find yields medieval money clues

medieval germany money

More than 200 coins from the early 1300s have been discovered by chance in a forest near Zurich. They provide more clues as to how money networks around Switzerland worked during the Middle Ages. An employee of canton Zurich’s archaeological department stumbled upon a pile of coins in a forest while investigating an interesting topographical…

CSI Medieval: researchers to uncover forensic secrets of Britain’s historic wax seals

Medieval Wax Seal

Historical research using forensic fingerprinting techniques on the wax seals of thousands of medieval documents will reveal new insights into 12th to 14th century British society, help determine how unique fingerprints truly are, and uncover medieval crime. Modern forensic analysis will be paired with detailed historical research to reveal new insights into medieval British society…

Five missing medieval kings and queens – and where we might find them

Henry I

As a second carpark becomes the suspected burial site of a medieval English monarch, we wonder: who else is still under the tarmac? As 2016 begins, the recent public interest in hunting for royal burials shows no sign of abating. Hardly has the dust begun to settle on Richard III’s expensive new tomb in Leicester…

Medieval Wild Man relic discovered by treasure hunters

English metal detectorists have found a Medieval spoon handle depicting a figure of the Wild Man, a hairy, club-wielding legend who existed on the edges of civilization from ancient times. Stories about the Wild Man differ, some say he was a prophet, or that he went mad with grief over the loss of his beloved,…

Medieval ‘witch’ skeleton found under stones designed to ‘stop her spirit rising’

medieval witch

The grave of a medieval ‘witch’ who appears to have been burnt alive before being hurriedly tossed into a pit has been unearthed in Italy. The teenager’s remains were covered with heavy stone slabs, which archaeologists believe were put in place to prevent her spirit rising. Experts claim the girl, who is said to have…

Backyard Bonanza: Medieval Outhouses and Roman Roads Unearthed

medieval_outhouse

Backyards haven’t changed much over the past 1,000 years or so, new archaeological findings suggest. Rubbish pits, storage areas, outhouses, wells and short walls to keep the neighbors at bay are a few of the things that archaeologists in England recently unearthed while digging beneath an old bus depot in the city of Leicester. Dating…

Medieval castle discovered beneath HM Prison Gloucester to rival Tower of London

gloucester castle

The remains of a huge medieval castle that may have rivaled the Tower of London has been discovered under the basketball court of an abandoned prison. Archaeologists unearthed the enormous ‘tower keep’, which is thought to date back to 1110, while they were investigating the site in Gloucester ahead of a redevelopment project. The castle,…

Anglo Saxon gold from a Leeds field goes on display

West-Yorkshire-hoarde

A spectacular hoard of Anglo Saxon gold unearthed by a metal detectorist in a Leeds field will take pride of place in a new specially created digital exhibition this week. The gold will be housed in new bespoke cases and mounts, with new interpretation panels and a touchscreen display that will allow visitors to examine…

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

sutton_hoo

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

medieval-publishing

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

Malleus Maleficarum

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

Viking Sword

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…