Tag Archive: Oxford

Anglo-Saxon treasures found on Bicester building site scrap heap

The ‘unusual’ discovery of a brooch over 1,300 years old and found on a building site in Bicester has been declared as treasure. The Anglo-Saxon brooch, and five other historic finds thought to be from a female grave from the 7th century, was uncovered at the undisclosed site on top of a pile of soil….

10,000 medieval artifacts found in Oxford including bloodletting bowls and beer mugs

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A treasure trove of 10,000 artefacts uncovered in Oxford has revealed what life was once like at the city’s prestigious university 800 years ago. In one of Britain’s largest ever urban excavations, experts have found bloodletting bowls, writing equipment and beer mugs used by both students and teachers. The artefacts have revealed that Oxford’s medieval…

Medieval Road Uncovered in Southern England

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A medieval stone causeway has been discovered underneath a field in Oxford during excavations ahead of a flood alleviation scheme. The Environment Agency’s £120m project aims to reduce the risk of flooding to homes and businesses in the city. Oxford Archaeology has spent three months evaluating the city’s floodplain. It also found evidence of Bronze…

Coins discovery ‘will re-write’ Anglo-Saxon history

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The Anglo-Saxon coins are said to point to some sort of an alliance in the 870s between Alfred the Great and a rival. Historians say an entire chapter of the Anglo-Saxon period will have to be re-written after a metal detectorist found a huge hoard of coins in a field. James Mather made the discovery…

Ninety-two human skeletons have been found on the site of a medieval church in Oxford

Archaeologists made the discovery near the Kassam Stadium after a valuation was carried out as part of a planning application for a new hotel. Paul Murray, from John Moore Heritage Services, described the discovery of the burials as “amazing”. The derelict Priory pub is the only building that remains of a nunnery founded on the…

Historian Maurice H. Keen Dies at 78; Redefined Chivalry

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Honorable men, as they were called in the golden age of chivalry, were rich enough to outfit a squadron of knights and brutal enough to lead them into battle, often culminating in the killing and plundering of civilian populations. The code of chivalry defined honor in ways that are familiar to people today — as…

MAP#28 – Dan Snow Interview

Dan Snow, historian and award winning TV presenter takes a few minutes out of his busy schedule to talk to the Medieval Archives. Trained in the hallowed halls of Oxford University, Dan ventured into TV for a WWII Documentary and hasn’t looked back. His past medieval documentaries explored 1066 and The Battle of Hastings, Norman…

Medieval Law and the Romans

Today we have a guest post by Jonathan Arnold on Medieval Law. Jonathan is a practicing attorney in California. He teaches law and is a legal historian. I would like to thank Jonathan for his contribution. Enjoy the article… ~The Archivist Some More Medieval Law BY Jonathan Arnold, Esq. arnoldandassocs@gmail.com The very term Medieval connotes…

USC Adds Medieval Bible to Collection

The Ernest Hollings special collections library, has added something very special to the collection. The library has received a rare medieval Bible, dated back to 1240. It was written in Oxford, England, and is a smaller version so monks and friars could carry it around. It was purchased for $77,000 and is written in Latin….