Tag Archive: Wales

The discovery of medieval Trellech and the plucky amateurs of archaeology

Trellech

The tale of how an amateur archaeologist’s hunch led him to uncover a lost medieval town and spend £32,000 of his own money to buy the land, would stand to be the archaeological discovery of any year. On the border between England and Wales, the site of the medieval town of Trellech reveals much about…

Prince Arthur: The Tudor King Who Never Was by Sean Cunningham

Virtual book tours are taking over the internet. Earlier this year we took part in the blog tour for Kristie Dean’s book On The Trail of the Yorks. Today we are part of the tour for Sean Cunningham’s new book Prince Arthur: The Tudor King Who Never Was, a look at the life of Prince…

Delving into the Welsh Dark Ages

Manuscripts chronicling the history of Wales and Britain from Roman rule onwards are a new focus for experts. The Welsh Chronicles are a collection of texts that both attempt to mark historical events – and according to some – act as propaganda. It has been suggested that some of the texts even urge the Welsh…

Archaeologists in Gwynedd discover medieval castle during excavation

Hen Gastell

The Gwynedd Archaelogical Trust which is surveying Hen Gastell at Llanwnda have hailed it as ‘a really important’ find. Archaeologists have discovered what’s believed to be a “well-defended” home of a medieval Welsh lord after examining the findings of a long running excavation. The Gwynedd Archaelogical Trust started surveying Hen Gastell (Old Castle) at Llanwnda,…

A ‘nationally important’ medieval graveyard has been discovered beneath the site of a new road

medieval-graveyard

Contractors building the road on Anglesey have found an ancient cemetery. Archaeologists digging on the site of an ancient cemetery say they have unearthed a 1,500-year-old “time capsule” of national importance. Since an initial find last month at least 48 graves have been discovered on the site of the new Llangefni link road, on Anglesey…

On The Trail of The Yorks by Kristie Dean

Last year we talked to Kristie Dean about the re-internment of King Ricahrd II and her book on Richard’s life and travels. Kristie returns this year with a new book on the Yorks titled On The Trail of The Yorks. The book explores the other members of the York family including Edward IV, Elizabeth Woodville…

Five missing medieval kings and queens – and where we might find them

Henry I

As a second carpark becomes the suspected burial site of a medieval English monarch, we wonder: who else is still under the tarmac? As 2016 begins, the recent public interest in hunting for royal burials shows no sign of abating. Hardly has the dust begun to settle on Richard III’s expensive new tomb in Leicester…

The Bastard Executioner Season 1 Trailer

The Bastard Executioner, a new series from Kurt Sutter the creator of The Shield and Sons of Anarchy, tells the tale of a 14th Century warrior turned executioner. Kurt Sutter and Emmy winner Brian Grazer (Apollo 13, Robin Hood, Cowboys and Aliens) will serve as Executive producers. Season 1 of The Bastard Executioner premieres on…

Medieval bones discovery at Nefyn maritime museum

Wales_medieval_skeleton

The team at CR Archaeology discovered the bones in a stone cist grave beneath a wall at Old St Mary’s Church, Nefyn – now a maritime museum – 18 months ago. Tests confirmed she was aged 60 when she died and was buried around 1180. The team are now working to find out more about…

Ghostly Faces and Invisible Verse Found in Medieval Marginalia

Black-Book-Imaging-Medieval-Manuscript

Ghostly faces and lines of verse previously invisible to the naked eye have been uncovered in the oldest surviving medieval manuscript written entirely in Welsh. “The Black Book of Carmarthen,” dating to 1250, contains texts from the ninth through 12th centuries, including some of the earliest references to Arthur and Merlin. “It’s easy to think…

Iconic Welsh castles captured from the air with bird’s eye camera

Kidwelly_castle_whole

See historic sites and monuments like never before thanks to spectacular films created by Cadw, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service. You’ve heard of Game Of Thrones but it’s been more a case of “Game Of Drones” in Wales. Cadw has released a series of videos that have been shot using a remote controlled drone…

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…

Haunted Castles: Castle Ghosts of Wales

Happy Halloween! You’ve made it this far, you’ve heard the ghost stories of England, Scotland and Ireland, you can handle one more set of ghost stories! This is the final installment of the Castle Ghost series. Visit the darker side of Wales as Robert Hardy takes you on a tour of the ghosts that wonder…

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…

Long-lost medieval stone with mysterious carvings discovered in Wales

Silian Stone | Medieval Archives

In a small Welsh village, Nikki Vousden and Roderick Bale were enjoying an evening stroll in the woods when a rock with strange carvings by the side of a stream caught their attention. Both archeologists, they knew it was no ordinary slab. It took a late night in the library and a call with an…