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The Anglo-Saxon Age: The Birth of England

The Anglo-Saxon Age: The Birth of England

By Martin Wall

Amberley Publishing, 2015
ISBN: 9781445647722

The discovery of the Staffordshire Hoard in 2009 …

Middle Ages

The Rural Settlement of Roman Britain: an online resource

Digital Object Identifiers

Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) are persistent identifiers which can be used to consistently and accurately reference …

Roman Empire

The Victims of Pompeii Cast in a New Light

An interdisciplinary team of scientists has begun scanning the 1900-year-old remains of the victims of Mt. Vesuvius in Pompeii. Although the first …


3,000-year-old gladiator graves on display in Turkey's Muğla

A total of 12 gladiator graves uncovered in the western ancient city of Stratonikeia have been put on display at the entrance of the city in the Muğla province, located in western Turkey.

The head of the Stratonikeia’s excavations, Prof. Bilal Söğüt, told reporters that Stratonikeia was known as the “city of love and gladiators.”

He noted that a total of 12 gladiator graves, which were unearthed during excavations, are now being exhibited at the entrance of the ancient city.

“We know the names of …

Medieval silver mount found in Llanbadoc is treasure

A 300-year-old silver mount found by a metal detectorist in Monmouthshire has been declared treasure by a coroner.

The fragment, which historians believe could have been part of a sword, was discovered by Michael Beirne on Coleg Gwent land at Llanbadoc in March 2014.

The mount was first reported to …

Middle Ages

Genetic history of Europeans revealed

A study of ancient DNA has shed new light on European genetic history.

It confirms that farming spread across Europe due to the influx of ancient people from what is now eastern Turkey.

Many modern Europeans owe their taller stature to these early farmers - and a later influx of Bronze Age "horsemen" …


What Is Coptic and Who Were the Copts in Ancient Egypt?

WHAT IS COPTIC, AND WHO WERE THE COPTS? Dated to the fourth–fifth century C.E., the Codex Grazier is written in the Coptic language—the fifth and …


Resolving the mystery surrounding the tissue-thin parchment used by medieval scribes

Thousands of the Bibles were made in the 13th century, principally in France but also in England, Italy and Spain. But the origin of the parchment — …

University of Virginia

Rewriting the history of Glastonbury Abbey

Unpublished archaeological records from excavations at Glastonbury Abbey (southwest England) between 1904 and 1979, have been assessed and …


First Farmers in the Galilee Grew Beans

REHOVOT, ISRAEL—Seeds from fava beans, lentils, peas, and chickpeas have been unearthed at Neolithic sites in the Galilee. “This is an important …


Lost Landscapes of Palaeolithic Britain

The Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund led to a major expansion in the resources available to research the Palaeolothic era. Now the results of this …


The Pentecontaetia

Pentecontaetia (Pentekontætia, πεντηκονταετία) or “the account of the fifty years” is a term was first used by Thucydides to describe in Book 1, …

Bell Canada

Remains of 'End of the World' Epidemic Found in Ancient Egypt

Archaeologists have uncovered the remains of an epidemic in Egypt so terrible that one ancient writer believed the world was coming to an end.

Working …


Roman Coin Hoard Discovered in Switzerland

UEKEN, SWITZERLAND—A farmer in northern Switzerland discovered a cache of 1,700-year-old Roman coins in his cherry orchard and alerted the regional …


Ring inset with intaglio representing Artemis

A Passion for Antiquities: Ancient Art from the Collection of Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman (October 13, 1994 to April 23, 1995)

The J. Paul Getty …


Key Events of the Middle Ages

Topic: English history: the Middle Ages and the Magna Carta

Level: A2

Time: 45–60 minutes


• To develop students’ fluency through a jigsaw reading …

Middle Ages

History, Travel, Arts, Science, People, Places | Smithsonian

Science Museums

Secret pagan basilica in Rome emerges from the shadows after 2,000 years

An underground chamber that was a place of worship for a mysterious cult 2,000 years ago has opened to the public for the first time

A mysterious Roman basilica built for the worship of an esoteric pagan cult and now lying hidden more than 40ft below street level has opened to the public for the …


Zeugma After the Flood

It wasn’t good policy that saved ancient Zeugma. It was a good story. In 2000, the construction of the massive Birecik Dam on the Euphrates River, …


The ancient protectors of England’s forests

They guard the forests, can administer justice and hold their role for life. Verderers are Robin Hood’s worst nightmare – and at the Forest of Dean they’ve been around for 797 years.

United Kingdom

Second Possible Medieval “Witch Girl” Unearthed in Italy

SAN CALOCERO, ITALY—The remains of a severely malnourished young girl have been found in a pit covered with heavy stone slabs by a team led by …

Middle Ages

An archaeologist reveals the disturbing reason people used to eat mummies

King Francis I of France carried ground up mummy with him at all times in case of emergency. That's because mummy was widely used medicinally for …


Oldest stone tools in the Americas claimed in Chile

Fresh excavations at famed site of Monte Verde suggest humans reached South America by 18,500 years ago

Latin America

Well-Preserved 18th-Century Trade Center Excavated in Qatar

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK—In the eighteenth century, Qatar’s historic city of Al Zubarah had a successful pearl fishery and was a center of commerce …



What is it?

A writing tablet


Ca. A.D. 100


Locally sourced wood and carbon ink


Vindolanda Fort, Northumberland, northern England



Death on the Dorset Ridgeway: a Viking Murder Mystery

Paper by Angela Boyle, Associate Consultant for Oxford Archaeology

Given at the 2012 Haskins Society Conference, held at Boston College, on November 3, …

Murder Mystery

Finding a fourth strand of ancient European ancestry

A previously unknown "fourth strand" of ancient European ancestry has been discovered by sequencing ancient genomes extracted from human remains that …


1,700-Year-Old Courtyard Mosaic Discovered in Israel

LOD, ISRAEL—Archaeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority discovered a second high-quality mosaic floor in the southern part of a …

Middle East

Five things you can learn from a Roman skeleton

The stories of Roman lives are written their bones: diet, disease, childbirth and trauma all leave their mark. Individual skeletons can tell rich tales, but the fullest information comes from large groups, when we can look at populations. So what can we learn about about a Roman community from …

University of London

Treasures of the Sea: Ashmolean to show ancient archaeology rescued from the deep

The Ashmolean's major summer exhibition features over 200 spectacular and unusual objects rescued from the bottom of the Mediterranean

One of the …