Tag Archive: Archaeology

MAP#35 – Richard III: Lost and Found

The medieval-verse was all abuzz the last couple of weeks about an exciting archaeology find. Back in August 2012 the University of Leicester started a search for the lost remains of King Richard III. Richard was killed during the Battle of Bosworth, the final major battle of the Wars of the Roses. King Richard’s death…

Richard III dig: Facial reconstruction shows how king may have looked

A facial reconstruction based on the skull of Richard III has revealed how the English king may have looked. A skeleton found under a car park in Leicester has been confirmed as that of the king. The reconstructed face has a slightly arched nose and prominent chin, similar to features shown in portraits of Richard…

Image of Richard III’s Skull

The University of Leicester, with Channel 4, unveiled the world’s first photograph of the human remains found at the Grey Friars church — which could be that of King Richard III. The image is released in advance of the University of Leicester’s major announcement detailing the results of its investigations into the skeleton’s identity on…

Richard III’s wounds from Bosworth – Video

In this video Dr. Jo Appleby discusses the skeleton of King Richard III and the wounds he received in the Battle of Bosworth.

Richard III found in Grey Friars car park – Video

While we (or at least the USA) slept the University of Leicester held a press conference to disclose the results of a DNA test. The test was conducted on remains found in a Grey Friars car park last fall and believed to by those of King Richard III, the last Plantagenet King of England. To…

Liverpool University Press acquires Medieval, Classics and History lists from University of Exeter Press

Liverpool University Press

Liverpool University Press, the UK’s third oldest university press, has finalized an agreement with the University of Exeter Press to acquire its Medieval Studies, Classics and Ancient History, History, Archaeology and Landscape Studies lists, with immediate effect. The acquisition includes the following book series: Exeter Medieval Texts and Studies, Exeter Studies in Medieval Europe, Exeter…

Medieval underwear points to racy history

Underwear dating from medieval times that was found under flooring of an Austrian castle is hardly racy by the standards of today. But the discovery does suggest that women in 15th-century Europe took pride in their appearance, and perhaps not just the privileged classes. The University of Innsbruck announced this summer that “the world’s oldest…

For Sale: Viking hoard of swords from Bonhams Arms & Armour

A stunning array of death-dealing swords from the Medieval period and earlier, including Viking weapons, form the main thrust of Bonhams sale of Antique Arms and Armour on November 28th in Knightsbridge. David Williams, Director of Arms and Armour at Bonhams, comments: “Many of these rare and remarkable weapons would have been used in battle….

New details on the medieval ‘vampire’ burial

medieval vampire skull

The discovery of a skeleton found with metal spikes through its shoulders, heart and ankles, dating from 550-700AD and buried in the ancient minster town of Southwell, Notts, is detailed in a new report. It is believed to be a ‘deviant burial’, where people considered the ‘dangerous dead’, such as vampires, were interred to prevent…

Medieval female skeleton may be church founder

Richard III car park dig

A skeleton found in the same boneyard where English King Richard III may have been buried might be one of the founders of the Church of the Grey Friars, archaeologists announced Tuesday (Oct. 30). Scientists have yet to examine the female skeleton, though they are subjecting a male skeleton suspected to be Richard III’s to…

London Construction Reveals Medieval Graves

London Medieval Graves

London is built on layers of its own past. Occasionally they poke through to the present, like the old Roman walls and the Temple of Mithras. Now two current construction projects have revealed glimpses of the city’s previous epochs. Work to build a leisure center at Elephant and Castle has uncovered some 500 medieval skeletons,…

101 medieval coins found at monastery site in Bulgaria’s former capital Preslav

medieval coins at Preslav fortress

Archaeologists working at the site of a medieval monastery in Veliki Preslav, one of the former capitals of Bulgaria, have found 101 copper coins said to date from the late 12th to early 13th centuries CE. Preslav was the capital of the First Bulgarian Kingdom from 893 to 972 CE. The site is about 20km…

Medieval citadel on Sinai island to open to tourists

Saladin Citadel | Medieval Archives

On Saturday, the restored Saladin Citadel on Pharaoh Island off the coast of the Sinai peninsula is to be officially inaugurated by Prime Minister Hisham Qandil, Minister of State for Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim, Minister of Tourism Hisham Zaazou and top governmental officials, adding a new tourist attraction to costal Red Sea resort Taba. Over the…

Medieval Shipwreck found in Danube River

medieval shipwreck in danube river | Medieval Archives

Hungarian archaeologists have found what they believe may be an intact medieval shipwreck in the Danube river. Partially buried in mud and gravel near the riverbank at Tahitótfalu, some 18 miles north of Budapest, the flat bottom river wreck has yet to be excavated. A preliminary survey from the Argonauts Research Group in cooperation with…

Richard III dig: Search team uncovers human bones

King Richard III | Medieval Archives

Human remains have been found by archaeologists searching for the lost grave of Richard III. The king died at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485 and was recorded as being buried in a Leicester church, which was later demolished. A team from the University of Leicester has located traces of the church and it is…