Tag Archive: Archaeology

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…

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…

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…

Killing the legend of buried Viking swords

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Swords found in early medieval graves don’t necessarily mark the final resting place of a warrior, new research suggests. The international research, combining literary and archaeological data, borrows from ancient texts to challenges the long-held notion that swords found in excavated ancient gravesites bear the mark of a warrior. Flinders University expert Dr Erin Sebo says…

Medieval remains found on site of new United Utilities water pipeline near Bridekirk

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Archaeologists investigating medieval ruins along the route of the new 100km pipeline near Cockermouth found an ancient skeleton and new clues to the area’s Roman past. The discoveries were made in a field south of Bridekirk ahead of building work taking place and have just been revealed by United Utilities. They came out of the…

This medieval astrolabe is officially world’s oldest known such instrument

A mariner’s astrolabe recovered from the wreck of one of Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama’s ships is now officially the oldest known such artifact, according to a new paper in the International Journal of Nautical Archaeology. The device is even going into the Guinness Book of World Records, along with the ship’s bell, now that the age of…

Long-lost Dark Ages abbey may have been found in Scotland

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Excavations led by DigVentures have unearthed traces of a huge circular ditch at a site in Coldingham where the abbey, founded by Aebbe, an Anglo-Saxon princess born in 615AD who became a Christian convert, is believed to have stood. The ditch is believed likely to be the ‘vallum’, a boundary surrounding the abbess’ religious establishment….

Eighth-century skeleton found at Torcello Island

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On the island of Torcello, at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice excavation site, some protagonists of the island’s thousand-year history have begun to emerge. A tomb datable to around 700 A.D. has recently been unearthed by the site’s team of scholars hailing from universities throughout Italy, under the scientific direction of archaeologist Diego Calaon…

Viking longship discovery thrills archaeologists

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Archaeologists in Norway have used ground-penetrating radar technology to discover an extremely rare Viking longship in what experts are describing as a “sensational” find. A team from the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU) harnessed high-resolution georadar to locate the ship in Østfold County, southeastern Norway. The 66-foot vessel, which is located in a…

Boy unearths treasure of the Danish king Bluetooth in Germany

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A 13-year-old boy and an amateur archaeologist have unearthed a “significant” trove in Germany which may have belonged to the Danish king Harald Bluetooth who brought Christianity to Denmark. René Schön and his student Luca Malaschnitschenko were looking for treasure using metal detectors in January on northern Rügen island when they chanced upon what they…

Galway’s ‘missing’ 13th century castle found in medieval quarter

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Sections of Galway’s earliest stone castle which shaped the development of the medieval port have been discovered during restoration of a 15th century manor house in the city. Limestone walls forming the “missing” castle, built in 1232, were located by an archaeological team during preparatory work on the disused building on Quay Street, which has…

Excavation work under way at Norwich Castle

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Excavation work is under way in the basement of Norwich Castle as archaeologists delve deeper into the historic landmark and the mound on which it stands. They are two weeks into an eight-week programme which aims to shed further light on the origins of Norwich’s stone keep, and their findings will help inform how the…

True Gaelic: Unearthing Medieval Ireland

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True Gaelic: Unearthing Medieval Ireland is a documentary that takes you along as archeologists unearth a mysterious Irish lordship dating to the Middle Ages. Powerful Irish lords ruled over this land but very little has been known about their uniquely Gaelic way of life—until now. This excavation promises to rewrite Irish history as the unknown…

Medieval finds uncovered at Newcastle construction site

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Medieval finds that were preserved in an ancient rubbish dump in Newcastle city centre have been described as some of the richest discoveries ever in the city. Archaeologists have uncovered pottery, animal bone and leather in a dig at the old Newgate shopping centre construction site. It is thought the objects, which have been preserved…

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…