Tag Archive: Archaeology

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

BBC launches Richard III on WhatsApp

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The BBC is launching a Richard III WhatsApp alert service which will follow the king’s story in the month of his reburial. The discovery of the king’s skeleton beneath a Leicester car park in August 2012 attracted worldwide interest. His remains will be reinterred at Leicester Cathedral on 26 March, after his coffin is taken…

MAP#62: Kristie Dean and The World of Richard III

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We are two weeks away from the beginning of the Richard III re-interment ceremonies. Leicester will be packed with dignitaries, tourist and medievalists to witness the final procession of Richard from Leiscester to Bosworth and back. On the last episode we talked to David Monteith, the Dean of Leicester Cathedral about the Cathedral and the…

MAP#61: David Monteith Dean of Leicester Cathedral and King Richard III

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Three years ago archaeologists began a dig to discover the lost remains of King Richard III. Unbelievably they found his remains the very first day! It took over a week of careful excavation to uncover and exhume his bones. The bones were sent to the University of Leicester for analysis. After months of testing and…

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…

Underground medieval palace revealed by surface survey

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Old Sarum in Salisbury, the UK, is rich with history, dating back 5,000 years. During the Iron Age, it became the site of a hill fort, during the Roman occupation of Britain hundreds of years later, it became a military outpost and, during the Middle Ages, the site of a bustling city. Although much of…

New research suggests King Richard III was a blue eyed, blonde

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The bones of the king under the car park have delivered further shocks, 527 years after his death and more than two years after his remains were discovered in Leicester: Richard III was a blue-eyed blond, and the present Queen may not be descended from John of Gaunt and Edward III, the lineage on which…

Coventry Cathedral medieval crypts to open to public

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Three medieval crypts at Coventry Cathedral are to be restored and opened to the public. One of the crypts, currently filled with rubble from the Blitz, is thought to contain at least three tombs and human remains dating back to Tudor times. The other two are waterlogged and will be dried out. The restoration money…

‘Vampire Skeleton’ Found At Medieval Grave Site In Bulgaria

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A “vampire grave” containing a skeleton with a stake driven through its chest has been unearthed by a man known as “Bulgaria’s Indiana Jones”. Professor Nikolai Ovcharov – a crusading archaeologist who has dedicated his life to unearthing mysteries of ancient civilisations – said that he had made the discovery while excavating the ruins of…

Skeleton of Medieval ‘Witch Girl’ Found Buried Face Down in Italy

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Archaeologists believe they have found the human remains of a 13-year-old girl positioned face down in her grave, suggesting a link with witchcraft. The skeleton is called “the witch girl” by Italian media and was discovered in San Calocero in Albenga on the Ligurian Riviera. The skeleton showed signs of porotic hyperostosis on the skull…

Archaeologists find “totally fascinating” medieval friary and human skeletal remains

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Human remains, a section of a wall and a “large assemblage” of medieval material have been found at the headquarters of a 13th century Dominican friary destroyed in Stirling during the Reformation in 1559. Archaeologists say it is unclear if the skeletal parts of the individual, discovered opposite Stirling Railway Station, date from the foundation…

Medieval mysteries of Abberley to be revealed thanks to lottery grant

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A medieval village in Worcestershire will be revealed in all its glory after a heritage group received a lottery grant to delve deeper into its many mysteries. Abberley Hills Preservation Society has been awarded £50,000 of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund towards a year-long project in the picturesque village which is north west of…