Galway’s ‘missing’ 13th century castle found in medieval quarter

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Sections of Galway’s earliest stone castle which shaped the development of the medieval port have been discovered during restoration of a 15th century manor house in the city. Limestone walls forming the “missing” castle, built in 1232, were located by an archaeological team during preparatory work on the disused building on Quay Street, which has…

Excavation work under way at Norwich Castle

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Excavation work is under way in the basement of Norwich Castle as archaeologists delve deeper into the historic landmark and the mound on which it stands. They are two weeks into an eight-week programme which aims to shed further light on the origins of Norwich’s stone keep, and their findings will help inform how the…

A Crusader-Era High Altar Resurfaces in Jerusalem’s Holy Sepulcher

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For decades it was known only as the “graffiti stone.” Leaning against a wall in a shadowy corner of Jerusalem’s Holy Sepulcher, the big blank rock the size of a dining-room table invited scribbling by passing pilgrims and tourists. But two Israeli researchers who recently examined the other side of the stone say the neglected…

Domesday book lent to British Library for Anglo-Saxon exhibition

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Domesday, the earliest public record and perhaps the most famous book in English history, is to be lent to the British Library for a landmark exhibition on the Anglo-Saxons. The National Archives announced on Friday that it was lending one of its most prized possessions, the great survey of England commissioned by William the Conqueror…

Now and Forever: The Art of Medieval Time exhibit

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‘Now and Forever: The Art of Medieval Time’ is open until 29 Apr 2018 at The Morgan Library & Museum. On Friday 13 April at 1300 (ET), curator Roger S. Wieck will be giving a free talk about the exhibit. Now and Forever synopsis: What time is it? The question seems simple, and with a…

10,000 medieval artifacts found in Oxford including bloodletting bowls and beer mugs

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A treasure trove of 10,000 artefacts uncovered in Oxford has revealed what life was once like at the city’s prestigious university 800 years ago. In one of Britain’s largest ever urban excavations, experts have found bloodletting bowls, writing equipment and beer mugs used by both students and teachers. The artefacts have revealed that Oxford’s medieval…

Super Bowl Ads get Medieval!

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Today is the big game Super Bowl LII. While all the fans are mainly lumped on the East Coast the game is always the biggest TV event of the year. And the Ads are on of the most talked about aspects of the game. This year Bud Light is going with a medieval theme. If…

Edward II the Man: A Doomed Inheritance by Stephen Spinks

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Joining the Medieval Archives today for a question and answer session is historian and author Stephen Spinks. We recently talked with Stephen on the Medieval Archives Podcast. It’s a fantastic talk you don’t want to miss! Stephen’s new book Edward II The Man: A Doomed Inheritance is an in-depth biography of an often overlooked medieval…

MAP#78: Edward II The Man with author Stephen Spinks

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Today’s lesson features a talk with historian and author Stephen Spinks. Stephen’s new book Edward II The Man: A Doomed Inheritance was recently published by Amberley Publishing. Edward II The Man is an in-depth biography of an often overlooked medieval king. Stephen and I talk about his work with the National Trust, his writing and…

Joan of Arc and ‘The Great Pity of the Land of France’ by Moya Longstaffe

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Joan of Arc played a pivotal role in the Hundred Years’ War and the future of France. Moya Longstaffe returns to the original sources, employs her expertise in languages and brings Joan of Arc alive and does not duck the most difficult question: was she deluded, unbalanced, fraudulent ? or indeed a great visionary, to…

True Gaelic: Unearthing Medieval Ireland

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True Gaelic: Unearthing Medieval Ireland is a documentary that takes you along as archeologists unearth a mysterious Irish lordship dating to the Middle Ages. Powerful Irish lords ruled over this land but very little has been known about their uniquely Gaelic way of life—until now. This excavation promises to rewrite Irish history as the unknown…

Medieval finds uncovered at Newcastle construction site

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Medieval finds that were preserved in an ancient rubbish dump in Newcastle city centre have been described as some of the richest discoveries ever in the city. Archaeologists have uncovered pottery, animal bone and leather in a dig at the old Newgate shopping centre construction site. It is thought the objects, which have been preserved…

Medieval Road Uncovered in Southern England

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A medieval stone causeway has been discovered underneath a field in Oxford during excavations ahead of a flood alleviation scheme. The Environment Agency’s £120m project aims to reduce the risk of flooding to homes and businesses in the city. Oxford Archaeology has spent three months evaluating the city’s floodplain. It also found evidence of Bronze…

Uncovering Templar church ruins beneath the grounds at Glasgow Airport

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Fly in to Glasgow Airport and you’re likely to see the bright lights of the city to the east, the runway below – certainly a glimpse of the River Clyde winding its way through the city. What you won’t notice as readily is a piece of history dating back to the sixth century – and…

Viking-Era Stone Carved with Runes Found in Norway

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A stone carved with symbols known as runes and dating to the Middle Ages has been discovered during an excavation ahead of a railway-construction project in Oslo, Norway. The runes, which were found engraved on a whetstone (a stone used for sharpening knives), date to sometime around 1,000 years ago when the Vikings (also called…