Architecture and Construction

Anything related to the design or construction of buildings, roads, aqueducts, etc.

Life of luxury in Roman forts

Recent excavations of a Roman fort on Tyneside have revealed that some centurions led a life of relative luxury with indoor plumbing, painted walls and comfortable furniture.

Celtic temple discovered near Tara

In an interview with Conor Newman, an archaeology professor at the National University of Ireland, Galway, Melissa Block of NPR's All Things Considered learns about the recent discovery of a celtic temple near Ireland's Tara.

Archaeologist to speak on La Grava manorial and monastic excavation

On May 9, 2007, Evelyn Baker, former manager of the Bedfordshire County Archaeological Survey, presents "La Grava: Bedfordshire's Best Kept Secret," about the 13-year project described as "the most important and extensive manorial and monastic excavation of the 20th century."

Viking Longhouse Reconstruction Vandalized

Vandals in Britain attacked and damaged a reconstructed Viking longhouse used by schoolchildren to study medieval culture.

Lincoln aqueduct was functional Roman water source

Archaeologists working on the Lincoln aqueduct in England now believe that underground water source was actually used by the Romans. For centuries it was believed that the aqueduct was built but never used by the Romans.

Medieval windmill found in Burwell

An unused plot of ground near Burwell, England, which was being tested for possible development, has revealed the remains of a medieval windmill dating as far back as the 13th century.

Roman house found in Cotswold gravel pit

A 4th century Roman home has been discovered during excavation of a gravel pit near Stow-onthe-Wold, England. The house is believed to have been the "big farm house" of a Roman settlement.

Building Stonehenge

Ah... a misty morning at Stonehenge... Want to build your own? Wally Wallington can show you how in this fascinating video on YouTube.

"Lost" Islamic kingdom discovered

A team of French archaeologists have discovered three towns in the Rift Valley of Ethiopia which they believe are part of the "lost" Islamic kingdom of Shoa. The Muslim stronghold was an important stop on the trade route from the 10th to the 16th centuries.

House Where Henry VIII Met Anne Boleyn for Sale

The manor house where England's King Henry VIII first met Anne Boleyn, an event which produced one of the greatest monarchs of history, Queen Elizabeth I, is for sale for UK£1.3 million.

Medieval Abbey Undergoing Refurbishment

The medieval Torre Abbey in Torquay is undergoing the first phase of a UK£6.5 million refurbishment to turn it into an educational facility and tourist attraction.

Ready, set go: starting gates from Colchester's Roman Circus found

Twelve starting gates from the Roman Circus at Colchester, England have been discovered by archaeologists who have been working on the site since 2004. The gates operated like "greyhound traps, unleashing the charioteers on to the quarter-mile long opening stretch of the track."

12th century watchtower found in Norway

Archaeologists in Trondheim, Norway have discovered the remains of a stone watchtower built in the 12th century during the reign of King Sverre. The tower is believed to have been five stories tall.

Roman village discovered in Wiltshire

Silbury Hill in Wiltshire, England may contain more than a Neolithic mound. It may also be the site of a first century Roman village. "English Heritage geophysicist Dr Neil Linford said: 'We are really excited by this discovery because we had no idea that a Roman village of such a size lay this close to Silbury Hill.'"

Ravenna: Italy's mosaic treasure trove

Joan Scobey of the Post-Gazette travels to Ravenna, Italy, the ancient capital of three empires, and describes its historic pleasures for her readers.

Muslim tiles herald early mathematical breakthroughs

A new study of Islamic tile art indicates that the designers had made stunning breakthroughs in mathematics. The quasicrystalline designs, produced in the 15th century, were not created until 500 years later in the western world.

Globe Theatre: a new look

The producers of Reinventing the Globe: A Shakespearean Theater for the 21st Century, an exhibition at the National Building Museum in Washington D.C., have turned over the famous building to the imaginations of five architects with the command to modernize the building.

Emperor Hadrian slept here!

Producers of the BBC's Timewatch program are hoping to prove that the Roman emperor Hadrian once stayed near his stone creation. This summer, archaeologists will dig along Hadrian's Wall looking for evidence of why the wall was built and where the Emperor might have stayed.

Volunteers needed for Pompei summer project

Archaeologists working for the Pompeii Food and Drink Project are looking for volunteers to work on the site in June and July 2007. The work will consist of documenting storage buildings and organizing the massive amount of information collected.

Thousands of historical treasures found in German mud

Constructions workers in Cologne, Germany have discovered a 3rd century stone tablet dedicated to the god Jupiter. The tablet is just one of over 10,000 artifacts unearthed from the construction site.

Pink city of Petra hopes to become 7th Wonder

Jordanians are hoping that their prized ancient city of Petra will be chosen as one of the 7 Wonders of the World on July 7, 2007. Rediscovered in the 19th century, the city, built by the Nabateans, was last inhabited in the 8th century CE.

Roman military road found in the Netherlands

Dutch archaeologists have uncovered what they believe to be a Roman limes, a military road used to patrol against the onslaught of Germanic tribes.

Anglo-Saxon Finds in East Sussex Church

Renovations on St Andrew's Church, at Bishopstone, near Seaford, have revealed Anglo-Saxon features dated back as far as the late 7th Century. This puts the age of the church back 100 years compared to previous datings.

Mysterious rings puzzle archaeologists at the tomb of Chinese empress

Chinese archaeologists are confounded by a group 10 huge rings at the site of the tomb of the country's only empress, Wu Zetian. The rings, ranging from 30 to 40 meters in diameter, were discovered when aerial photos were taken.

Historic images from above

Now through February 2007, the British Museum presents The Past from Above, an exhibition of aerial photos of archaeological and heritage sites taken by Swiss photographer Georg Gerster.

Seahenge not ready for display until 2008

Seahenge, a 4000-year-old wooden circle which appeared on a beach near Holme, England in 1998, will not be available to be viewed by the public until 2008, according to curators at the Lynn Museum where the artifact is being restored.

Today in the Middle Ages: December 19, 960

On December 19, 960 C.E., the citizens of Kyoto, Japan began to rebuild the city after it was ravaged by fire.

Saint Paul's Tomb Found?

Archaeologists in Rome believe that they have discovered the tomb of St. Paul the Apostle. A sarcophagus, which may contain the remains of the saint, was unearthed at the St. Paul Outside the Walls basilica.

Viking Longhouse to be Constructed in North Dorset

Researchers in North Dorset, England have contracted to build a replica of a Viking longhouse. The building will be part of a living history museum.

Home is a Castle in AEthelmearc

Lady Elizabeth reports that Byron and Ariella recently hosted a small event at their own personal castle which they built themselves. Photos online.