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Archaeologists find 25 skeletons in medieval Cambridge friary

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More than 25 skeletons have been unearthed by archaeologists investigating the site of a medieval friary in the centre of Cambridge. Archaeologists say the skeletons are in good condition and they expect to find as many as 40 in the coming weeks. The land was home to a friary between 1290 and 1538, making many…

Saxon workshop evidence found by amateur archaeologists in Somerset

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Amateur archaeologists have unearthed what is believed to be a Saxon workshop in a dig in Somerset. The foundations were uncovered along with a large Norman building at an undisclosed location on the Mendip Hills. Saxon keys and a 13th Century jug were also among the finds. Project leader Pip Osborne, said: “There’s no written…

Medieval Winchester skeleton reveals how leprosy spread

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The skeleton of a medieval leprosy victim found in one of Britain’s earliest known hospitals has shed light on the history of the disfiguring disease. The remains of a young man, between the age of 18 and 25, were found in the St Mary Magdalen leprosarium near Winchester, Hampshire. Researchers suggests the man was a…

Sutton Hoo: Money available to develop historic Anglo-Saxon site

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Money has been made available to develop a historic Anglo-Saxon ship burial site so visitors can retrace a royal funeral procession. It is believed Sutton Hoo in Suffolk was the final resting place for King Raedwald of East Anglia in the 7th Century. It is thought the ship was hauled to the site from the…

Rare medieval Welsh manuscript set for auction in London

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A very rare mid-14th century legal manuscript written in Medieval Welsh is being auctioned at Sotheby’s in London on Tuesday. Almost certainly taken to the US by Welsh settlers in the 1700s, The Laws Of Hywel Dda ranks among the earliest medieval documents in that country. Read the full story and see the video on…

Great Hospital in Norwich could open to more visitors

The current master of the 13th Century Great Hospital in Norwich is keen to open up more of the site to visitors. Kevin Pellatt wants to promote the hospital’s vast history and allow visitors to see its medieval, Georgian and Victorian buildings up-close. “It’s a regret that not more people know of us,” said Mr…

Southampton screens film about medieval founder Bevois

A film about the legendary 10th Century founder of Southampton, Sir Bevois, has being screened in the city. The 15-minute film, To Unwill a Heart, used local actors and was shot around the city’s medieval landmarks. It was developed by film staff and historians at Southampton Solent University. The film was also shown at the…

Unearthing a castle at Alderton

A two storey stone building with unusual windows has been discovered at an archaeological dig in the south of the county. Alderton Mount near Towcester, is an ancient monument which Northamptonshire Archaeology is hoping to continue digging at in future summers. It was a timber ringwork castle, occupied between the 12th and 14th centuries. The…

Vandals threaten medieval Bronllys castle in Powys

Medieval castle remains in Powys could be forced to close because of vandalism. People have damaged the structure of Bronllys Castle at Talgarth by throwing historic stones off the top, says Welsh monument agency Cadw. The castle only recently re-opened following a major conservation programme. Cadw has informed police but say there may be no…

Rare medieval artefact discovered on River Thames shore

A rare medieval roof finial which was found in the River Thames offers an insight into how London looked 600 years ago, experts have said. The object, which dates from the late 12th Century or 13th Century, is in the shape of an animal and would have embellished the ridges of tiled roofs. It is…

Archaeologists work on Medieval site in Isle of Man

Archaeologists from North America and the UK have been excavating an early Medieval site in the Isle of Man. The team, along with local volunteers, is investigating Port y Candas, near the Ballacraine crossroads. Archaeologist Harold Mytum said the site was of “international importance” as it is one of the few pre-Viking settlements known on…