Tag Archive: Archaeology

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…

Sharing history of Kenilworth’s medieval Gatehouse

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The history of Kenilworth’s medieval Gatehouse is to be revealed to all. Warwickshire County Council’s in-house archaeology team, Archaeology Warwickshire, is working with Kenilworth Abbey Advisory Committee’s Harry Sunley Memorial Project on plans to open the 14th century ‘Tantara’ Gatehouse to visitors. The Gatehouse in Abbey Fields is the most significant standing remain of the…

Richard III to be reburied at Leicester cathedral in March

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We first reported on the confirmation of King Richard III’s remains back in February 2013. It was announced earlier this month that Richard III ‘s reburial will take place at Leicester Cathedral in March 2015. ~The Archivist Richard III will be reburied at Leicester cathedral next March, it has been announced. The reinterment service will…

Does Leicester’s Richard III centre live up to the hype?

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A £4m visitor centre built next to the Leicester car park where Richard III’s skeleton was discovered is opening on Saturday. It aims to cash in on the excitement generated by the discovery of the medieval king’s bones but will it live up to the hype? “I don’t know what the fuss is about,” says…

Medieval Torre Abbey is named as Heritage Project of the Year winner

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The historical Grade II-listed Torre Abbey has won this year’s Michelmores/Western Morning News Property Award 2014 in the Heritage Project of the Year category. The project was funded by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Torbay Council with Kier Western & Wales in charge of the multi-million pound works. Built in 1196 Torre…

Medieval treasures unearthed in south Derbyshire field

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A medieval gold ring, along with a silver pendant, found in a South Derbyshire field could go on show to the public. The finds by metal detectorist Philip Jackson could be staying in the county after the Derby Museum and Art Gallery expressed an interest in them. A treasure inquest at Derby and South Derbyshire…

Archaeologists investigate lost medieval chapel built to rest souls of kings in Edinburgh

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Archaeologists are analysing medieval finds following an intriguing community excavation at an Edinburgh farm Archaeologists in Edinburgh have found a fragment of floor tile from high status medieval Scots and a circular, stone-lined well while searching for the remains of a chapel built almost 500 years ago. Extensive research suggests the chapel, built by Sir…

Wreckage of Christopher Columbus’ Santa Maria Found off Haitian Coast (Maybe)

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On Christmas Day of 1492 Christopher Columbus’ flagship, the Santa Maria, ran aground off the northern coast of Haiti. In his journal Columbus recorded the location of the ship’s wreck, and over many, many years researchers have worked to figure out how the famed explorer’s descriptions and maps align with the coastline, and to pin…

Inquests find medieval and Bronze Age relics found by metal detectors in West Norfolk are treasure

A hoard of 12 silver coins has been declared treasure, meaning their finder can keep them, at a coroner’s inquest today. The coins were found by Stephen Sproule whilst he was metal detecting on land at Fincham, near Downham Market, in October 2011. Coroner Jacqueline Lake said the small silver coins were known as Sceattas…