Category Archives: Archaeology

Rare discovery sheds light on Codnor Castle

condor castle

Volunteers at Codnor Castle have unearthed an important artefact which will help them learn more about the 11th 
century medieval castle. Tom Saint, 19, son of one of the castle’s trustees came across the 13th century English gothic ‘quatrefoil’ during a routine maintenance clean up of the castle’s grounds. A quatrefoil is a traditional Christian…

DNA test set for medieval Swedish king

Eric IX the Saint

Researchers from Uppsala University on Wednesday opened a gilded box containing the skull and bones of Swedish King Erik IX, who became a national saint after he was murdered in 1160. The researchers also removed the king’s burial crown, which is the oldest known royal crown in Sweden, to display it to the public for…

Ghost Hunters ‘Hear Richard III’s Ghost’ In King’s Haunted Deathbed Bedroom

A group of ghostbusters claim they have recorded the voice of what could be former Plantagenet monarch Richard III in the room where he spent his last night. The 12 members of Haunted Heritage, a paranormal investigation group, recorded the encounter with the English king last year but did not publicise their findings due to…

Ghost Hunters ‘Hear Richard III’s Ghost’ In King’s Haunted Deathbed Bedroom

A group of ghostbusters claim they have recorded the voice of what could be former Plantagenet monarch Richard III in the room where he spent his last night. The 12 members of Haunted Heritage, a paranormal investigation group, recorded the encounter with the English king last year but did not publicise their findings due to…

DNA Analysis of London Skeletons Reveal Secrets of Medieval Black Death

london skeletons

As per latest report by archaeologists, molars taken from 25 skeletons unearthed during work on Crossrail in 2013 are proving helpful in revealing secrets of the medieval Black Death. Archeologists suspected that the skeletons of bones belonged to cemetery for plague victims. Don Walker, an osteologist with the Museum of London, cited that the bones…

Remains of a medieval monk discovered after his legs are found poking out of a sea ridge

medieval monk leg bones

The remains of an 800-year-old monk have been uncovered after his legs were spotted sticking out of cliff by a beach walker. Mandy Ewington was strolling along the seashore when she looked up and saw two bones poking out of the cliff face. She took a picture of the leg bones and sent them to…

Henry III’s Confirmation of Magna Carta in March 1265

Magna Carta 1215

The purpose of this Feature of the Month is to bring attention to a little-known text of the confirmation of Magna Carta made by Henry III, in March 1265. The text survives in the form of an inspeximus of the 1225 issue of Magna Carta and Charter of the Forest and includes a witness list…

Scientists Think They Have Found The Mythical ‘Sunstone’ Vikings Used To Navigate Warships

Viking sunstone

An oblong crystal found in the wreck of a 16th-century English warship is a sunstone, a near-mythical navigational aid said to have been used by Viking mariners, researchers said on Wednesday. The stone is made of Iceland spar, a transparent, naturally-occurring calcite crystal that polarizes light and can get a bearing on the Sun, they…

Scientists to map the genome of medieval English king Richard III

Richard III Skull

Discovery of skeleton lets scientists plan to sequence Richard III’s genome A year after they revealed that a twisted skeleton found under a parking lot was the remains of King Richard III, scientists in Britain plan to grind samples of his ancient bones and use them to map his genome. The project aims to learn…

Early medieval mint city unearthed in Rohtak

medieval coins

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has stumbled upon proof of a seventh-to-ninth-century mint city at an ongoing construction site of a residential colony in the heart of Rohtak in Haryana. The ASI team, led by Additional Director General B R Mani, has recovered 31 coin moulds along with 10 crucibles believed to have been…

Big Dig launch seeks test-pit volunteers

Swaledale and Arkengarthdale Archaeology Group

Archaeology enthusiasts in Swaledale are finalising plans for their biggest challenge to date – a two-year community project to help dales folk search for clues to medieval and ancient history in their own back yards. The lottery-backed Swaledale Big Dig is being organised by the Swaledale and Arkengarthdale Archaeology Group (SWAAG) and will be launched…

‘Neanderthal’ fossils are actually medieval human remains

Neanderthal fossil is medieval

Neanderthal fossils, found in an Italian cave in the 1980s, are actually remains of medieval humans, a new research has found. The research reanalysed a tooth, which was found in a cave in northeastern Italy along with a finger bone and another tooth. Originally, researchers identified these scraps as belonging to Neanderthals, the early cousins…

Chinese medieval ship found off Malindi coast

chinese junk medieval ship

Archeologists from China and Kenya say they have discovered a sunken Chinese ship dating to the middle ages, off the Kenyan coast in Malindi. The experts announced in Malindi on December 26 that following three years of underwater research, they come across the vessel 14 nautical miles off Ngomeni village in Magarini district, Kilifi County….

£90,000 ‘rescue package’ for Yorkshire’s Crumbling Churches

St Martin

Some of Yorkshire’s most architecturally important – yet crumbling – churches have received grants towards urgent structural repairs. Charity the National Churches Trust has announced a £645,000 “rescue package” for 45 of the country’s most historic and community-minded churches, including six in Yorkshire. The six includes Grade I listed churches St Martin at Womersley, near…

New Medieval Sites Discovered in Finland

Iron Age site | Medieval Archives

It was in the autumn of 2010 when local amateur archaeologists discovered evidence of harbor facilities thought to date from around 1000–1200 AD near Ahvenkoski village at the mouth of the western branch of the Kymi River in southeastern Finland. The findings included a smithy, an iron smelting furnace, and forceps, as well as hundreds…