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The Alfred Jewel: One of the most famous and mysterious treasures from Anglo-Saxon England

In discovering the Anglo-Saxon world, archaeologists have made a number of excavations that provided a fruitful insight into the treasuries of this …

Archaeology

Richard III: A Medieval Relic?

By no stretch of the imagination was Richard III a saint, but the furore that sprung up around his discovery and reburial was strongly reminiscent of …

Medieval

March 2017

United Kingdom

BBC Wales - History - Themes - Welsh language: The Norman conquest

<b>The Francophone Normans conquered Wales by a process of raids and colonisation over two centuries.</b><p>It was their English-speaking followers who brought their language to everyday Welsh life.<p>The Battle of Hastings in 1066 was the decisive event in the conquest of Saxon England. Within a year, the …

Language

The Normans - Origins, History and Language

The Norman Conquest

In 1066, the Normans invaded England. It was an event that was to transform the English language forever. For over 300 years French was the language …

Language

The effect of the Norman Conquest on the English Language

So, how had the changes come about? When the Norse had settled in England they brought with them a language that was from the same linguistic family, …

Race against time to record the language spoken by William the Conqueror before it dies out

• 'Unless considerable support is given to those people working to maintain and preserve the Norman French of the Channel Islands, it will disappear …

What are the bog bodies?

<b>History Stories</b><p>For centuries, archaeologists and other scholars have been trying to unravel the mystery behind the hundreds of bodies—the oldest …

‘Bog Bodies’: Eerily preserved murder victims of Europe

‘Bog Bodies Uncovered: Solving Europe’s Ancient Mystery’<p>by Miranda Aldhouse-Green<p>Thames & Hudson, 224 pp., $29.95<p>A rather grisly, yet fascinating, …

Who Were the Ancient Bog Mummies? Surprising New Clues

Ongoing research suggests at least two 2,000-year-old corpses had traveled before their deaths.<p>Cast into northern European wetlands, bog bodies have long appeared as opaque to archaeologists as their dark and watery graves. But new clues are coming in the centuries-old mystery of their origins.<p>Over …

Uncovering the Mysteries of the Bog Bodies

Since the late 19th century, hundreds of mummified corpses dating back as many as 10,000 years have been discovered in the wetlands of northern …

Scientists fight tooth and claw to discover Neanderthal child's tooth in the Cinquantenaire Museum in Brussels

It was found within the museum's Royal Art and History collections in Brussels.<p>It had been lost amongst the remains collected at the beginning of the …

Jersey was a refuge for Neanderthals: Our ancient cousins sought shelter in the Channel Island for 140,000 years

• <b>Researchers analysed fragments of stone tools and bone found at a cave site</b>• <b><br>Evidence suggests visits to the cave between 180,000 to 40,000 years</b> …

Non-African humans may carry harmful Neanderthal genes that lower fitness

Why did Neanderthals Keep Returning to the Same Jersey Caves?

When Ginger's original dream of writing the next great American novel didn’t quite work out she turned her thoughts to math and science. She earned a …

Where did the Neanderthal go on holiday? Jersey

Archaeologist says coastal cave on the island appears to have been a 'special place' for our extinct relatives.<p>Jersey appears to have been a "special …

Were Neanderthals Religious?

Imagine this scene: Inside a cave in Spain, a group of people gather around the grave of a toddler. Hearths with lit fires, marked by 30 horns of animals including bison and red deer, surround the grave. A rhinoceros skull is nearby.<p>At a conference this fall, archaeologist Enrique Baquedano and his …

Anthropology

Neanderthal DNA Still Present in Human Genome

Despite disappearing more than 30,000 years ago, traces of Neanderthals are still prevalent in the form of DNA sequences scattered through the modern …

Neanderthal DNA Is Being Purged From Our Genomes

Neanderthal gene variants are disappearing from modern populations and the slow purge is inevitable.<p>Another Neanderthal extinction is taking place …

Why You Don’t Have Much Neanderthal DNA in Your Genome

Neanderthals and modern humans diverged from a common ancestor about half a million years ago. Living in colder climes in Eurasia, Neanderthals evolved barrel chests, large skulls and strong hands. In Africa, modern humans acquired shorter faces, a prominent chin and slender limbs. Then, roughly …

Evolution

Why don't humans have more Neanderthal DNA?

Scientists may have figured out how the modern human genome became purged of some Neanderthal genetics.<p>In humanity's distant past, perhaps as early …

Neanderthal genes survive in modern humans

<b>UC Davis researchers believe population size has driven natural selection in neanderthal, human hybrids</b><p>Nearly 40,000 years ago, neanderthals ceased …

National Geographic Saxon Gold New Secrets Revealed

Largest ever hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold found in Staffordshire

First pieces of gold were found in a farm field by an amateur metal detector who lives alone on disability benefit<p>A harvest of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver so beautiful it brought tears to the eyes of one expert, has poured out of a Staffordshire field - the largest hoard of gold from the period …

Anglo-Saxon hoard revealed: 4,000 pieces of stunning handcrafted treasure hint that Beowolf's description of 'golden warriors' is true

• <b>A total of 4,000 pieces of the Staffordshire Hoard have been brought together for experts to study at Birmingham Museum and Gallery and include</b> …

Anglo Saxon gold mount 'mystery' in Norfolk

<b>A "mystery" gold mount found in a Norfolk field has provided "another piece of the jigsaw" for historians looking for Anglo-Saxon settlements.</b><p>The item was found near Fakenham and is possibly from a sword grip, but experts say it has differences to similar finds.<p>Dr Andrew Rogerson, county …

Archaeology

Amazing Find with a Metal Detector - The Incredible Staffordshire Anglo-Saxon Gold Hoard

Many people enjoy searching with a metal detector in hopes of finding treasures that have either a financial value, or some historical significance. …