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Dark Ages Fort Built by Mysterious ‘Painted People’ Found in Scotland

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A fort that is more than 1,000 years old, dating back to the time of Alfred the Great, has been unearthed in Scotland, more than 200 years after it was thought to have been completely destroyed. The ancient fort was built by the Picts, a loose confederation of tribes who lived in what is now…

Lost Kingdom of Rheged Discovered in Scotland

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The archaeological site at Trusty’s Hill in Galloway, Scotland, is known to have been a cultural center for the Pict, the confederation of tribal peoples that lived in what is now northern and eastern Scotland during Roman times. After some five years of excavation, however, researchers working there now believe they have uncovered something far…

Reconstructed face of Robert the Bruce is unveiled

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Historians have unveiled a digitally-reconstructed image of the face of Robert the Bruce almost 700 years after his death. The image has been produced using casts from what is believed to be the skull of the famous Scottish king. It is the culmination of a two-year research project by researchers at universities in Glasgow and…

Lost Medieval castle discovered at House of Dun

Dun Castle

Archaeological excavations at the House of Dun have uncovered the remains of what is thought to be a 14th century castle. The excavations were carried out as part of the National Trust for Scotland’s Trailblazer residential working holidays, which offer the opportunity for young people aged 16 to 17 to experience archaeological excavations and conservation…

1,000-year-old ‘lost’ medieval village found under M74 motorway

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The lost medieval village of Cadzow may have been finally located after artefacts more than 1,000 years old were unearthed during upgrading work on the M74. The discoveries near Hamilton in South Lanarkshire include coins believed to date from the 10th or 11th century, and fragments of glazed medieval pottery and clay smoking pipes. They…

Mass medieval grave found at Aberdeen school

medieval grave Robert Gordon College

A mass grave with more than 20 medieval skeletons has been hailed a “major discovery”. The remains, thought to date back to the 13th century, were discovered during installation works at a top private school in Scotland. The bones were buried less than two feet underground in the quad area of the site and are…

MAP#57: Dan Jones Interview: Wars of the Roses and The Plantagenets

Dan Jones Wars of the Roses

Award-winning journalist, best selling author and Historian Dan Jones joins the Medieval Archives Podcast to talk all things Plantagenets! His first book on the subject The Plantagents: The Kings Who made England covers the first two centuries of Plantagenet Kings from Henry II to Richard II. In his latest book Wars of the Roses(Hollow Crown,…

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…

Scotland gets ready to celebrate Battle of Bannockburn’s 700th anniversary

Bannockburn Battlefield to get new £5m visitor centre for 700-year annivesary in 2014

Music, culture, ancestry, food, drink and fight re-enacting will make the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn a memorable one. Bannockburn Live on June 28-29 will see hundreds of artists and clan members unite for a festival at the Stirling battlefield where Robert the Bruce’s army annihilated the English, led by Edward II, and…

Commemorating 1200th Anniversary of Death of Emperor Charlemagne

Charlemagne Portriat

University of Edinburgh, School of History, Classics & Archaeology is proud to commemorate the 1200th Anniversary of the death of the emperor Charlemagne on Tuesday 28th January 2014 with two special events sponsored by the European Commission in Scotland. Workshop A workshop for postgraduates in medieval studies programmes with two distinguished scholars; Professor Mayke de…

Quest for ‘lost’ medieval battlefield launched

Battle of Brunanburg

It has been described as one of the most significant turning points in British history, marking not only the moment an English identity was born, but also helping create a Scottish one. But the Battle of Brunanburh, fought between armies from the two nations in 937, remains all but unknown to many, not least because…

Haunted Castles: Castle Ghosts of Scotland

All Hallow’s Eve contiues with more ghost stories. By now you have finished watch the Castle Ghosts of England and are ready for more. In this episode Robert Hardy takes us to Scotland to explore the ghosts that haunt the North. It’s OK to leave the lights off, no one is watching you. Not in…

Aethelstan, Anglo-Saxon King of England

King Aethelstan | Medieval Archives

Susan Abernethy joins Medieval Archives with another fantastic post! Susan is the Freelance History Writer, covering topics from Ancient history to the 20th Century. Visit her blog at thefreelancehistorywriter.com. You can also like The Freelance History Writer on Facebook or follow Susan on Twitter. ~The Archivist Aethelstan was the first King of Wessex to bring…

Become king of the castle in Europe

The Curfew Tower, Windsor Castle | Medieval Archives

1. England The intimate one Britain’s largest castle is in Windsor, and if you manage to get a room there, do send us a postcard. For those who prefer a shorter walk to the breakfast table and fewer corgis in the way, Hellifield Peel Castle is a fortified home on a more human scale. 2….