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Ninety-two human skeletons have been found on the site of a medieval church in Oxford

Archaeologists made the discovery near the Kassam Stadium after a valuation was carried out as part of a planning application for a new hotel. Paul Murray, from John Moore Heritage Services, described the discovery of the burials as “amazing”. The derelict Priory pub is the only building that remains of a nunnery founded on the…

Medieval bones discovery at Nefyn maritime museum

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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…

Battered Remains of Medieval Knight Discovered in Hereford Cathedral

The battered remains of a medieval man uncovered at a famous cathedral hint that he may have been a Norman knight with a proclivity for jousting. The man may have participated in a form of jousting called tourney, in which men rode atop their horses and attacked one another, in large groups, with blunted weapons….

‘Vampire Skeleton’ Found At Medieval Grave Site In Bulgaria

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A “vampire grave” containing a skeleton with a stake driven through its chest has been unearthed by a man known as “Bulgaria’s Indiana Jones”. Professor Nikolai Ovcharov – a crusading archaeologist who has dedicated his life to unearthing mysteries of ancient civilisations – said that he had made the discovery while excavating the ruins of…

Skeleton of Medieval ‘Witch Girl’ Found Buried Face Down in Italy

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Archaeologists believe they have found the human remains of a 13-year-old girl positioned face down in her grave, suggesting a link with witchcraft. The skeleton is called “the witch girl” by Italian media and was discovered in San Calocero in Albenga on the Ligurian Riviera. The skeleton showed signs of porotic hyperostosis on the skull…

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…

Reconstructed face of medieval skeleton may reveal Ireland’s ‘Helen of Troy’

Experts are set to reconstruct the face and probable appearance of a high-ranking Medieval female, whose skeletal remains were unearthed at the end of last month during excavations at Dungannon’s Castle Hill. It is hoped that the project, conducted by experts at Galway University, will reveal more about her true identity, and help bring tourists…

Medieval Archives Podcast: Episode 05 – Dragsholm Castle

Fortress Friday During the month of October Fortress Friday will be exploring the paranormal. Throughout Europe there are stories of ghost sightings and strange occurrences. In a 6-part series we will look at some of the most haunted Castles in Europe. The first castle in our series is Dragsholm Castle. It is arguably one of…

Human remains found during St John’s Kirk dig

Excavations in St John’s Kirk, Perth, have unearthed human remains believed to be over 400 years old. The work, part of a £2.74 million refurbishment, is being monitored by Perth firm Alder Archaeology Ltd. Despite planning to reduce excavation and disturbance below ground, the discovery of human remains was anticipated. The limited excavations have also…

Ancient bones could be medieval nun

An archaeologist digging in a building site next to Reading Minster has unearthed a skeleton in what she thinks is a medieval grave. The find was made as builders began their work on a site owned by the Oxford Diocese behind the Allied Arms pub off St Mary’s Butts. Because the site – formerly garages…