Category Archives: Archaeology

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

Viking_graveyard

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

skeleton woman

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

ProvanHall

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

the-sword-in-the-stone

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

Denmark-coins

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…

1,400-year-old Pictish cemetery uncovered in Scotland

Pict_Graveyard

Archaeologists have uncovered what is believed to be a 1,400-year-old Pictish cemetery in the Highlands. Excavation at the sight has confirm a number of barrows, or burial mounds and enclosures at the site near Muir of Ord in the Black Isle. If confirmed to date from the Pictish era, the barrows may be in the…

Medieval Norfolk church gutted by fire

A 12th Century church has been gutted by a fire. The blaze was reported at 06:07 BST and when firefighters arrived at the scene in Wimbotsham, Norfolk, they discovered the roof was alight. Nine crews tackled the fire at St Mary the Virgin Church, which dates from 1175, and it was extinguished by 10:00. “Unfortunately…

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….

Medieval windows removed from York Minster for restoration

Two 600-year-old windows have been removed from York Minster as part of a major restoration project. The windows are part of a sequence of eight and the 11-year project in the cathedral’s South Quire aisle will see all of them removed and restored. They will also be given protective glazing to prevent future damage in…

Notre Dame Fire: Pictures

Notre Dame Fire: Video

Notre Dame on Fire Fire engulfs Notre Dame Spire Collapses Full Notre Dame Fire coverage (NBC News, 5 hours)