Tag Archive: Archaeology

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

Richard III Skull

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

medieval gold ring

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

medieval well

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)

Santa Maria

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…

Science behind the story of King Richard’s remains

Richard III Skull

The discovery of the remains of Richard III made headlines around the world. Now a new book sheds light on the archaeology involved. Chris Bond reports. WHEN archaeologists discovered a skeleton under a council car park in Leicester in September 2012, it caused a flurry of interest not only here, but around the world. What…

Rare discovery sheds light on Codnor Castle

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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…

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…

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…

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…