Tag Archive: Archaeology

Skeleton provides evidence that confirms historical events mentioned in the Norwegian Viking Sagas

Viking-Sagas

Archaeologists working in Trondheim in Norway have unearthed a human skeleton in the bottom of an abandoned castle well. The skeleton provides evidence that confirms dramatic historical events mentioned in the Viking Sagas. The location and contents of the well are mentioned in Sverre’s Saga, a chronicle of one of the kings of Norway, and…

Healthy ‘Vampires’ Emerge From Graves In Medieval Polish Cemetery

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Archaeologists excavating a Medieval cemetery site in Kałdus, Poland, recently discovered hundreds of graves — among them, they found 14 anti-vampire burials. Some of these people were decapitated, others buried face-down, and still more were weighted down with stones. One of the major theories about ancient “vampire” graves is that people buried in this way…

Budding archaeologists wanted for ‘ancient graveyard’ dig on Anglesey

archaeologists wanted for ancient graveyard

The search is on to find volunteers to help unearth what could be an ancient graveyard on Anglesey. Gwynedd Archaeological Trust is looking for curious people to help dig at an excavation on the edge of Llangefni at Hedd yr Ynys. It’s not known for sure what lies beneath the field, however it is thought…

Remains of medieval kitchen that served pilgrims discovered in Suffolk

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The remains of a medieval kitchen where cooks may have prepared meals for hungry pilgrims, has been discovered in Suffolk. The rare 14th Century building was discovered on the site of Guildhall Feoffment School, which itself was built on an 11th century road system in Bury St Edmunds. While the flint and mortar outline of…

Archaeologists in Gwynedd discover medieval castle during excavation

Hen Gastell

The Gwynedd Archaelogical Trust which is surveying Hen Gastell at Llanwnda have hailed it as ‘a really important’ find. Archaeologists have discovered what’s believed to be a “well-defended” home of a medieval Welsh lord after examining the findings of a long running excavation. The Gwynedd Archaelogical Trust started surveying Hen Gastell (Old Castle) at Llanwnda,…

Medieval cemetery discovered under Cambridge college will help unlock secrets of the Black Death

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More than 1,200 human skeletons discovered beneath a Cambridge college will help shed new light on the city’s medieval past. The medieval cemetery was discovered by archaeologists working at the Old Divinity School at St John’s College, which was built on the site of a 13th century hospital. The remains of men, women and children…

A ‘nationally important’ medieval graveyard has been discovered beneath the site of a new road

medieval-graveyard

Contractors building the road on Anglesey have found an ancient cemetery. Archaeologists digging on the site of an ancient cemetery say they have unearthed a 1,500-year-old “time capsule” of national importance. Since an initial find last month at least 48 graves have been discovered on the site of the new Llangefni link road, on Anglesey…

Medieval gold brooch dug up in Oxfordshire is declared treasure

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A Medieval gold brooch dug up in a farmer’s field but “good enough to wear today” was one of a host of precious finds from Oxfordshire declared treasure today. The rectangular brooch, dating from AD 1230 to 1350, will now be valued by a panel at the British Museum along with other treasures from around…

Archaeologists hoping to uncover more remains of medieval priory in Northumberland

Northumbria-priory

The Holystone History & Archaeology Group has been awarded grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Northumberland National Park and the Coquetdale Community Archaeology Group to fund their efforts at further discovery. The group has spent years trying to pinpoint the exact whereabouts of the priory which existed from the 12th century until it was dissolved…

Medieval-Era Ship Raised from Dutch Riverbed

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A wooden ship likely to have been deliberately sunk in a Dutch river to alter its flow more than 600 years ago has been successfully raised by a team of archaeologists. The Ijssel River, a tributary of the legendary Rhine, harbored the flat-bottomed, wooden ship for centuries until it was discovered in 2012 during efforts…

Relic of Beheaded Medieval Swedish King Might Be Authentic

Eric IX the Saint

To open a medieval reliquary containing a saint’s bones, you have to have a good reason, said Sabine Sten. Sten is an osteoarchaeologist (a type of scientist who studiesskeletal remains from archaeological sites) at Uppsala University in Sweden. Two years ago, she got permission to open a reliquary (a container used to hold objects deemed…

Preserving Butter Medieval Style

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Like most people these days, we have a refrigerator to keep food fresh, and it runs on electricity — and here in Ireland, we get that from burning peat, or “turf.” A short walk from our house in the Bog of Allen, the land has been strip-mined to remove, press and dry the turf, in…

1,000-year-old ‘lost’ medieval village found under M74 motorway

cadzow

The lost medieval village of Cadzow may have been finally located after artefacts more than 1,000 years old were unearthed during upgrading work on the M74. The discoveries near Hamilton in South Lanarkshire include coins believed to date from the 10th or 11th century, and fragments of glazed medieval pottery and clay smoking pipes. They…

‘Chaucer’s Children’: New 3-D Imaging Technique Sheds Light On Diet Of Ancient Children

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A team of scientists at the University of Kent have used 3-D microscopic imaging to create a new method of examining the teeth of ancient children who lived between the 11th and 15th centuries. Current alternative methods pose the risk of damaging the teeth, whereas the new 3-D imaging technique, called dental microwear texture analysis,…

Archaeologists Find Medieval Foot Fungus In Portuguese Cemetery

medieval foot fungus

In an unassuming cemetery in Estremoz, southern Portugal, archaeologists found over 100 burials dating to the 13th to 15th centuries AD. One middle-aged man, however, had a hole in his head and clear evidence of disease in his left foot. Their diagnosis? A foot fungus that has never been seen in Medieval Europe before. The…