Category Archives: Archaeology

Medieval marvel at risk from rot and deathwatch beetle

St John the Baptist Church

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

Viking Butter Churn

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…

Codex Gigas: The ‘Devil’s Bible’ Is Largest And Most Mysterious Medieval Manuscript Ever Found

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There is a mysterious manuscript called Codex Gigas that is housed in the National Library of Sweden in Stockholm that has been nicknamed “the Devil’s Bible,” due to the legend surrounding the text’s creation. The manuscript is the largest medieval manuscript ever found, and is believed to have been created in the Benedictine monastery of…

New book sheds light on Hereford’s medieval past

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A LEADING archaeologist, who uncovered the remains of what might be a wounded Knight, will reveal extraordinary details of medieval life in Hereford in a new book. Andy Boucher and Luke Craddock-Bennett are speaking at the Hay Festival to launch their book, ‘Death in the Close’, which digs down through 900 years of local history,…

Lost Cloister Discovered in Iceland

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Icelandic and British archaeologists employing geosensing techniques have detected the remains of a large building that may be Iceland’s lost Þykkvabær cloister, which housed Augustinian monks from 1168 to 1550. “I think we’ve just hit the jackpot, because I think we’ve discovered the remains of Þykkvabæjarklaustur. It came as a complete surprise, you can say…

Medieval prayer wheel found inside rare Liesborn Gospel

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The Liesborn Gospel, containing just the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, has a cover made of carved oak with copper clasps and is thought to have been ordered by an abbess – or female superior – called Berthildis for highborn ladies who entered her convent in Liesborn in Germany. The book is for…

Battered Remains of Medieval Knight Discovered in Hereford Cathedral

The battered remains of a medieval man uncovered at a famous cathedral hint that he may have been a Norman knight with a proclivity for jousting. The man may have participated in a form of jousting called tourney, in which men rode atop their horses and attacked one another, in large groups, with blunted weapons….

Ghostly Faces and Invisible Verse Found in Medieval Marginalia

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Ghostly faces and lines of verse previously invisible to the naked eye have been uncovered in the oldest surviving medieval manuscript written entirely in Welsh. “The Black Book of Carmarthen,” dating to 1250, contains texts from the ninth through 12th centuries, including some of the earliest references to Arthur and Merlin. “It’s easy to think…

Black Death: 200 bodies found in mass grave beneath Paris supermarket

More than 200 bodies have been found laid out in neat rows in a communal grave beneath a supermarket in central Paris. The site was formerly the cemetery of a hospital that functioned from the 12th to the 17th century but it was believed the corpses had been moved in the 18th century to the…

Richard III Re-interment Service LIVE Stream Replay

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A replay of the Richard III re-interment service on 23 March 2015. Live stream courtesy of The Telegraph

Magna Carta manuscripts brought together for the first time

There are a few milestones this year relating to the Middle Ages, but none hold the weight of the Magna Carta. It was 800 years ago this June the Barons in England forced King John to sign* the Magna Carta. England and the World is gearing up for a summer dedicated to the Magna Carta….

Modern forensics solve 700-year-old murder mystery of Cangrande I della Scala

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The contents of the bowels of an Italian medieval warlord have revealed his nefarious cause of death nearly 700 years later. It’s commonly accepted that life expectancy in the Middle Ages was pretty low, hovering around the early 30s — mainly because of the hazards of childhood. If a person made it to adulthood, the…

2014 Medieval Year in Review: News

2014 was again the year of King Richard III. His re-burial date and place was officially announced and the monarch will be laid to rest in 2015. Although not everyone is happy with his final resting place. But really York or Leicester, isn’t it better than under a car park? There was also some interesting…