Architecture and Construction

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

"Wow is there a tower" in Alderney!

A team from the Guernsey Museums and the Alderney Society in England has identified a Roman fort concealed in a ruin called the Nunnery. The site is believed to be one of the "best-preserved Roman military structures in the world."

Lost Newtown found in Ireland

Fifteen miles from modern Kilkenny, Ireland, a secret has been buried for centuries. That secret is the lost early Norman town of Newtown, now being decribed as "Kilkenny's Pompeii." LIDAR technology has disclosed the "streets, towns and dwellings" of the settlement.

Bath baths in jeopardy

Experts working on the Roman baths in Bath, England, hope that drilling a new borehole will save the hot springs used by the Romans from a geyser that could drain the historic baths.

Archaeologists plan conservation of 8th century Buddhist university

For years, the ruins of Vikramshila university, an ancient seat of Buddhist learning in Bhagalpur, India, have been neglected. Now a team of archaeologists have decided to begin work on the "university" which once housed over 10,000 students.

Acre: “one of the most exciting sites in the world of archaeology”

Archaeologists and tourists alike are rediscovering Acre, the Crusader city in Israel. Now the ancient city is being viewed as a goldmine for medieval artifacts. Eliezer Stern, the Israeli archaeologist in charge of Acre, calls the city “one of the most exciting sites in the world of archaeology.” (photos)

Archaeologists apply for funding at West Cumbrian site

A team of archaeologists led by Grampus Heritage has applied for UK£200,000 in funding from the Heritage Lottery for a three-year project to escavate Roman remains at Cockermouth and Papcastle in West Cumbria, England where a building thought to be a Roman bath was recently discovered.

Restoration of Newcastle's Black Gate planned

In the 13th century, Henry III built the Black Gate at Newcastle, England's castle to help beef up the defenses of the City. Now the City Council has been awarded UK£1.4m by the Heritage Lottery Fund to make the site available to the public.

Viking settlement discovered beneath market square in Dublin

Arcaheologists have discovered the remains of a Viking settlement beneath Temple Bar, the cultural area of Dublin. Originally on an island, the settlement is believed to have been destroyed by floods in the 10th or 11th century. (photos)

In defense of Greek historical forts

”The identity of modern Greece,” said Minister Pavlos Geroulanos in a recent speech, ”is seen by the way in which it manages its enormous cultural heritage, the way in which it protects it and with which it spreads knowledge of it to every corner of the globe.”

Israeli bus station site of Byzantine houses

More than 70 workers are busy excavating an area beneath the Central Bus Station in Be'er Sheva, Israel. Thus far, the experts have identified the remains of several houses dating to the Byzantine area.

Roman baths discovered in London

Builders of a new office block in the Southwark district of London will not see their dreams realized until they have determined what to do with the remains of a Roman bath house, complete with cold plunge bath and hypocaust heating system. (photo)

Yavneh-Yam believed to be stronghold of Islamic power

The harbor at Yavneh-Yam in Israel has been an important port since the Roman era, but now researchers think it was also "one of the final strongholds of Early Islamic power in the region."

Archaeology meets folklore in documentary

Filmmakers Davide Marco Zori and Jesse Byock from the UCLA Archaeology Department explore "whether oral and written histories can help us understand the relics of the past" in The Saga of a Viking Age Longhouse in Iceland.

Interactive history of the British house

The Guardian website offers an interactive history of the British house in its "British architecture guides" section. The site includes homes from the Saxon era to contemporary, with options to zoom in for more detail and description.

Welsh Iron Age tomb links to Stonehenge

Archaeologists working at the Carn Menyn site in the Preseli Hills in Wales, where the Stonehenge bluestones were quarried, believe they have found the tomb of one of original builders monument.

Trade between Romans and Picts verified in Scotland

An archaeological team from the Strathearn Environs and Royal Forteviot (SERF) project has proven the existance of trade between the Romans and the Picts with the discovery of an Iron Age broch containing trade items.

Gladiator amphitheatre and training school unearthed near Vienna

A team of archaeologists has discovered the remains of a Roman amphitheatre, on par with the Colosseum in Rome, near Vienna, Austria. The site, they believe, was also a training school for gladiators.

Hampton Court Roundels Restored

Damaged by years of exposure to the weather, four of the most seriously deteriorated Hampton Court roundels have been restored and will be shown to the public.

The sounds of Stonehenge

Visitors to Stonehenge never have the opportunity to experience the monument the way their early ancestors would have, but now BBC accoustic engineers have re-created the sound of a ritual held 4,000 years ago.

Legend leads archaeologist to Roman discovery

As a little girl, Rose Ferraby listened to stories about a Roman amphitheatre near the village of Aldborough in northern England. Now her attention to his tale has paid off with the discovery of England's "lost" Roman cultural center.

Forum focus of new dig at Caistor St Edmund

Dr. Will Bowden, associate professor of Roman archaeology at the University of Nottingham, has begun a new dig at he site of Venta Icenorum at Caistor St Edmund, this time in search of a Roman forum and an Anglo-Saxon town.

13th century fulling mill found in Barrowburn

A team of archaeologists from Coquetdale Community Archaeology has discovered the remains of a 13th century cloth mill on the River Coquet near Barrowburn, England. Experts believe that the mill was built by monks from the Newminster Abbey in Morpeth.

Ancient farmstead may have supplied Roman troops

Archaeologists and volunteers in Sheffield, England have discovered the remains of a high-status Roman farm which, they believe may have provided "farm produce to the Roman supply network." The farm dates to the 2nd century.

14th century Byzantine tombs found in Tyre

Archaeologists have discovered five marble Byzantine tombs dating to the 14th century in the city of Tyre in southern Lebanon. (video)

Tudor House Museum reopens after restoration

A 15th century Tudor house in Southampton, England constructed by John Dawtry, builder of the Mary Rose, has reopened after nine years of restoration.

The mystery of the medieval tunnels

Hundreds of narrow tunnels called "Erdstalls" can be found throughout the Bavarian region of Germany and Austria. While most experts agree that they are medieval, no one knows why they were built or how they were used. This has led to the Erstalls being called "Central Europe's last great mystery."

Hikers bewitched by Bath

The folks at Lonely Planet feel that the best way to appreciate the old Roman and Regency city of Bath, England is from above, as in the 10km Skyline Walk which traverses the hills that surround the city.

Excavations to begin on Henry VIII’s Welsh blockhouse

After his divorce from Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII found himself feuding with France and forced to defend his seacoast. Archaeologists now plan to excavate one of the buildings thought to have been constructed for such defense: a blockhouse on the Angle Peninsula in Wales. (photo)

Round huts found at Vindolanda

The stream of interesting archaeological finds continues at Vindolanda, the Roman fort at Hadrian's Wall near Hexham, England, with the discovery of dozens of circular huts.

Plans announced for visitor center at Camp Farm

Camp Farm in Maryport, Cumbria, England hopes to be the site of a world-class tourist attraction showcasing "the area’s strong Roman heritage and recent archeological finds." Hadrian’s Wall Heritage Ltd has applied for UK£10.7m to build the center.