Category Archives: Archaeology

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Mass Medieval Cemetery Sheds Light on Berlin’s Brutal Birth

In Berlin, a historic medieval cemetery has been excavated which reveals that medieval people’s lives were blighted by hunger, disease, and extreme violence. Many of the human remains show signs of violent deaths and may indicate that Berlin in the Middle Ages was plagued by conflicts. The cemetery was found in 2008 in Petriplatz, during…

Remnants of 13th-Century Town Walls Unearthed in Wales

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The Welsh town of Caernarfon played a crucial role in the fraught history between England and Wales; here, in the late 13th century, English king Edward I built an imposing castle to solidify his conquest of the region. Recently, during a survey ahead of construction, archaeologists stumbled upon several important relics from Caernarfon’s medieval past—including…

Dublin’s earliest Viking settlement seen in new light

An archaeological excavation has changed our picture of Dublin’s earliest Viking settlement with the black pool or Dubh Linn now known to be a lot bigger than first thought. The dig beside Dublin Castle has also uncovered the city’s oldest police cells and a punishment burial. The excavation is taking place on Ship St near…

See Europe’s Ruined Medieval Castles Come Back to Life

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The past is often a refuge from the present. Whether it’s where you were two weeks ago or 10 years ago, there’s a certain security that comes from the certainty of then. Perhaps that’s why a team of designers recently looked at the now-ruined castles of Middle Ages Europe, lifting the fortifications up from their…

PLAGUE PIT, Black Death mass grave with dozens of bodies unearthed after 700 years

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Analysis of a medieval mass grave has confirmed that the 48 individuals inside died during the Black Death in the UK. The ancient pit was discovered in Thornton Abbey Lincolnshire and dates back to the 14th century. This discovery is being labelled as nationally important because it provides fresh insight into how the deadly pandemic…

15th century Medieval Highland sword sells for £30,000 at auction after being discovered in a garage

A rusty 600-year-old sword used by Highlander mercenaries has sold for a whopping £30,000. The medieval weapon, believed to date from the 15th or 16th Century, originated in the Scottish Highlands. Only a few swords from the era survive, with most displayed in ancestral homes or museums. The sword was valued at £200 before being…

Lewes Castle: Medieval 600-tonne wall collapses on house

A medieval castle’s 600-tonne wall collapsed on to a house and garden in Lewes sparking a major search. Emergency services, including a hazardous area response team and sniffer dogs, went to the scene of the collapse of the 10m (32ft) by 10m wall. The wall had been reportedly undergoing work to remove ivy in recent…

Medieval building found in Llandaff under public toilets

A “high status” medieval building has been discovered under public toilets in Cardiff, according to archaeologists. The site is next to the 13th Century Old Bishop’s Castle in Llandaff, which suggests to experts that an important person would have lived there. A community dig which began in September also unearthed a fireplace, chequered ceramic floor…

Radar Uncovers Viking Ship Buried on Norway Farm

The remains of a Viking ship have been discovered on a farm near a medieval church at Edøy, on the island of Smøla, in Norway.  The ship, which is 52 to 56 feet (16 to 17 meters) long, appears to be part of a burial mound, suggesting that it was used to bury someone important,…

Skeleton Lake: Hundreds of people have died over past 1,000 years

A decades-old mystery over an eerie Himalayan lake littered with human remains deepens – as scientists say hundreds of people died there spread over 1,000 years. It was previously thought that the “Skeleton Lake” site was the result of a sudden and strange ancient catastrophe in the 9th century. But new research suggests that skeletons…

An Elaborate Viking Graveyard at the End of a Fjord

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Norway is rife with fjords—deep, canyon-like inlets carved by glaciers that add some 10,000 miles to the country’s convoluted coastline—and at one time those fjords were rife with Vikings. Vikings settled many of these sheltered waterways, and some of those places evolved into modern towns and cities such as Eidfjord, Stavanger, and Trondheim, once the…

Skeletons of a working-class woman and 7-year-old girl are discovered in the Tower of London

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Two mysterious skeletons believed to be a mother and child have been discovered in the Tower of London – but unlike most they do not appear to have been prisoners there.     Although the 950-year-old tower has seen many die at the headman’s axe and hundreds locked within its dungeons, it has not always had such…

Green light for cash to help restore medieval Glasgow hall

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It is one of Glasgow’s oldest buildings and has stood proudly at its site since the 15th century. Now Provan Hall, in Auchinlea Park, Easterhouse, is going to be repaired as part of a multi-million pound project after being “identified as a key gateway access point to the Seven Lochs Wetland Park”. Glasgow City Council…

Medieval Sword Discovered in Stone Enchants Bosnians

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In a real-life Bosnian version of the Arthurian legend, a rare medieval sword has been found plunged into solid rock at the bottom of a river in Bosnia, thrilling historians and romantics alike. A medieval hand-and-a-half-long sword rammed into stone, discovered this summer at the bottom of the river Vrbas in Bosnia, has been hailed…

Thousand medieval silver coins found in woods in southeastern Denmark

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A treasure of 1,000 silver coins from the Middle Ages has been found in Vejle close to a forest. The coins, which are made of 80 percent silver and 20 percent copper, weigh approximately one gram apiece. Some 803 of them are loose, while the rest, up to 1,000, are attached to the remains of…