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Detectorists stumble on treasure trove of Roman gold, or so they think

When metal detectorist Paul Adams stumbled on a hoard of gold coins he believed his luck was finally in.<p>In all the weeks he had spent carefully scanning fields with his metal detector he had never before found such a treasure.<p>With a little jig of delight and a cry of “Roman gold! Roman gold!” Mr …

Northumberland Bronze Age skeleton: Whose bones are these?

<b>Forensic scientists have been analysing Bronze Age bones found in a field - but how do they work out who the person was?</b><p>In September 2017, a farmer near Rock, Northumberland, preparing his field for drainage discovered a burial cist - or stone coffin - containing a skeleton and a jug.<p>Sanita …

The Watlington Hoard: The Viking Treasure that Marked the Foundation of England

Having you ever visited and been dazzled by Anglo-Saxon collection at the Ashmolean Museum, a priceless treasure hoard that the Museum has fought …

How Queen Boudica waived the rules in Britannia

When the Roman's invaded Britain, they built a huge arcade and temple in the town of Camulodunum, what is now Colchester - and the site of Boudica's …

Ancient History

Ancient storms - not a tsunami - left massive boulders on western coast cliffs, study finds

Researchers compared Irish sites with location in New Zealand ravaged by a tsunami millions of years ago<p>Sun, Dec 3, 2017, 12:07 Updated: Sun, Dec 3, …

Geology

Student's treasure find worth £145,000 'rewrites' Anglo Saxon history

The discovery of an “exquisite” gold pendant by a student metal detectorist is being credited with rewriting the understanding of Anglo-Saxon history.<p>Thomas Lucking is in line for a £145,000 pay-out after unearthing an aristocratic burial site in a part of Norfolk overlooked by generations of …

Archaeology

New Research on Viking Army Camp at Repton

BRISTOL, ENGLAND—Archaeologists have turned up new evidence about a ninth-century Viking overwintering camp in the Derbyshire village of Repton, …

Skye’s Viking shipyard and canal to be deemed historic monument

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has officially designated a mysterious stone-lined canal on Skye’s Rubh’ an Dùnain peninsula to be an historic …

Archaeology

BBC Four - Digging for Britain, Series 6, West

Professor Alice Roberts explores some of this year's most exciting archaeological finds from the west of Britain. Each discovery comes straight from the trenches/site, filmed by the archaeologists themselves. We discover the camp from which Vikings invaded Britain, and find groundbreaking new …

Row over Llanberis sword sculpture location

<b>A 20-foot sword sculpture has been erected in Gwynedd as part of Wales' Year of Legends tourism campaign.</b><p>But some are unhappy with its location next to a car park in Llanberis as they feel it blights the view.<p>The sculpture was officially unveiled on Tuesday, but its name - which will be carved on …

November: Viking camp BBC Four

The campsite, located in the small Derbyshire village of Repton, has been known since the 1970s, but these new discoveries have found evidence over a …

Human skull and shoulder blade 'found' in Aldi supermarket car park

Suspected human remains have been found in an Aldi car park - on the site of a former church burial ground.<p>Engineers may have discovered a 'skull and …

England

Withypool Stone Circle, Withypool Hill - Exmoor's Past - the online Historic Environment Record

MSO8682 - Withypool Stone Circle, Withypool Hill<p>ENPHER Number:<p>MSO8682<p>Name:<p>Withypool Stone Circle, Withypool Hill<p>Type of Record:<p>Monument<p>Grid Reference:<p>…

National Parks

Ancient Skull of Viking King Gorm the Old Reconstructed With 3-D Printing

For the first time, scientists have printed a 3-D replica of the skeleton of one of history’s most famous Viking rulers. Gorm the Old gave the …

Teenager’s Bones Recovered from Scottish Cave

EIGG, SCOTLAND—<i>The Scotsman</i> reports that tests have confirmed that some 50 human bones discovered in Frances Cave on the island of Eigg belonged to a …

8th-Century Skeleton Discovered at Hereford Cathedral

HEREFORD, ENGLAND—The <i>Hereford Times</i> reports that a skeleton discovered underneath Hereford Cathedral dates back to the origins of the city. …

Riverpedia

<b>River Thames Research</b><p>This area will eventually contain everything you ever wanted to know about the archaeology and history of the river Thames, but …

Roman artefacts returned to temple 60 years after builders handed visitors priceless pieces from dig

When a team of archaeologists began restoring the Roman temple of Mithras in the City of London, first discovered in 1954, they appealed for anyone who remembered the original dig to get in touch.<p>They hoped people would come forward with memories of seeing the ruins, or even to have photographs …

Irish Viking artefacts recovered by Norwegian police after theft

Two men arrested in Bergen as precious brooches and buckles recovered<p>Fri, Nov 10, 2017, 20:19 Updated: Fri, Nov 10, 2017, 20:26<p>The material recovered …

Where are the dead of medieval battles? A preliminary survey

Medieval battles have always fascinated historians as well as the general public. We have to admit, however, that battles of this period are …

Crypt yields new clues in 270-year-old conundrum

Sign up to our <b>Daily</b> newsletter<p>Forensic experts who exhumed a body from a Highland crypt – hoping it contained the remains of a notorious 18th century …

Every UNESCO World Heritage Site in the UK

UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, has been identifying and listing World Heritage Sites of special …

Norman 'treasures' from Winchester garden digs on show

<b>Remnants of a Norman abbey where Alfred the Great was buried have gone on display after the carved stones were unearthed in two private gardens.</b><p>The archway components, from the former Hyde Abbey in Winchester, were found at an archaeological dig in April.<p>The details were kept secret while …

'A grave problem': Archaeologist fears tunnel by Stonehenge could disturb monument

The U.K. government thought they had found a solution to traffic woes near the site of Stonehenge when, earlier this week, they approved a plan to …

Archaeology

Europe's Oldest Battlefield Yields Clues to Fighters' Identities

At Europe's oldest battlefield, archaeologists found new clues about who fought on the skeleton-strewn grounds some 3,250 years ago.<p>Starting in the …

Rare Roman Cavalry Swords And Toys Unearthed Along Hadrian’s Wall

Researchers have found a collection of rare artifacts at Vindolanda, a Roman cavalry fort along Hadrian’s wall in Northumberland, England, reports …

Study of coffin contents could end Old Fox mystery

<b>A forensic examination of the contents of a coffin is to be carried out in a bid to confirm they are the remains of a notorious 18th Century clan chief.</b><p>Nicknamed the Old Fox, Simon Fraser, 11th Lord Lovat, was a Jacobite sympathiser who did deals with the cause's enemies.<p>He was executed in London …

National Trust faces member rebellion over backing of Stonehenge tunnel

The National Trust is “compromising its reputation” with its support for a controversial tunnel cutting through the sacred Stonehenge site on a “brutal scale”, members have warned.<p>The embattled charity is accused of giving its blessing to a plan that will “inject enormous amounts of concrete into …

National Trust

Henry VIII's Hull blockhouse to be excavated in new dig

<b>The remains of an 16th Century blockhouse commissioned by Henry VIII as part of the city of Hull's defences are to be partially excavated.</b><p>Several trenches are to be opened to uncover some of the South Blockhouse near the confluence of the River Hull and the Humber Estuary.<p>The scheduled monument was …

Dig will reveal remains of punishment treadmill at Yorkshire prison

It was once home to the world's largest treadmill.<p>And now archaeologists hope to uncover the remains of a cruel punishment device during an …