Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2014-09-18 15:41
Excavators from Scottish Hydro Electric (SHE) Transmission are accustomed to finding historic artifacts during their work. In fact, their team includes an archaeologist. Now a recent discovery of a 14th or 15th century barn has given her something exciting to study.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2014-09-14 13:09
The battle of Bannockburn took place 700 years ago near Stirling, Scotland. Now the legendary battle has been commemorated by more than 250 re-enactors from around the world. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2014-09-12 19:03
A team of archaeologists and volunteers have found evidence of a 16th century chapel, believed built by Sir Simon Preston in 1518 "to rest the souls of James III and IV. "
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2014-08-28 19:33
The Romans called the people of the north the "Painted Ones" due to their woad body painting, but little is known about the Pictish civilization. Now archaeologists working in Scotland's northern highlands have found evidence that the area may have been the people's power center.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2014-08-25 17:28
2013 was a "magnificent" year for archaeologists in Scotland. The recent annual Scottish Treasure Trove report, covering 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2014, by Queen's and Lord Treasurer's Remembrancer (QLTR) Catherine Dyer shows a variety of items including gold jewelry, coins and a Roman wine dipper. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2014-08-18 16:12
Archaeologists working on a dig at Drum Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, have discovered the remains of the medieval sanitation system which once surrounded the 14th-century Tower of Drum.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2014-08-14 18:15
The oldest known copy of "The Brus," an epic poem describing the Battle of Bannockburn, has been restored in time for the 700th celebration of the event. The poem was written in 1375 by the Archdeacon of Aberdeen. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2014-08-03 18:00
In 2005, archaeologists unearthed the remains of a person of importance near Auldhame in East Lothian, Scotland. Now experts believe that the burial might be that of the 10th Century Irish Viking King Olaf Guthfrithsson, who led raids in the area and reigned as King of Dublin and Northumbria.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2014-07-27 11:29
A number of 16th century documents mention the village of Philiphaugh, with its "tower, fortalice, manors, gardens, orchards and mills," on the border between Scotland and England, but the settlement has long ago disappeared. Now new excavations may reveal where the town once stood. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2014-06-29 15:12
Traquair House, supposedly the oldest inhabited house in Scotland, was the site of the recent Traquair Medieval Fayre, complete with hawks, hounds and players. The BBC offers a short slideshow of the event.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2014-06-20 18:18
Chief researcher for a new study of Scottish place names, Dr Simon Taylor, says: "Scotland is a country where many different languages have been spoken over the last 1,500 years, and its place names reflect this rich and varied history. What we are doing is giving teachers the tools to explore Scotland's rich heritage."
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2014-06-16 21:05
The Battle of Flodden, between the Scottish and English kings, took place in 1513. Now the battle is being commemorated by experts and volunteers for the Flodden 500 Archaeological project. The focus for 2014 will be Wark Castle on the Northumberland side of the River Tweed.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2014-06-16 13:11
The BBC celebrates the anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn with a two-program event, which premiered early in June 2014, entitled The Quest For Bannockburn. The program features Neil Oliver and Tony Pollard.
Submitted by Gregory Blount on Fri, 2014-06-13 10:57
A text copy of all 3 volumes of Thomas Percy's Reliques of Ancient English Poetry was recently posted to Project Gutenberg. These books contain a great deal of poetry in middle and early modern English.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2014-06-08 16:04
The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded Family Names of the United Kingdom Project has completed its first phase with 45,000 surnames, from the 11th to 19th centuries, researched and explained.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2014-05-24 19:56
The 700th anniversary of the Scottish victory at Bannockburn has brought together archaeologists and experts from a number of fields to study the battle. Among the sites investigated is Cambuskenneth Abbey near Stirling where Robert the Bruce held several of his early parliaments.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2014-05-07 16:40
The origins of Ireland's Blarney Stone, famous for bestowing the "gift of gab" to anyone willing to kiss it, has been the subject of controversy for centuries. Now a team of scientists from the University of Glasgow's Hunterian Museum have found the answer using a 19th century rock sample.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2014-05-04 16:09
700 years ago the fate of Scotland was being decided. Now, history buffs will be able to read the words of those concerned in the historic events at an exhibit of letters of Robert the Bruce, William Wallace, and others, at Stirling Castle. The exhibition runs until June 2014. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2014-04-22 10:10
An unidentified 20-year-old man has been found murdered in Kirk Ness in East Lothian, Scotland, but the murderer will not likely be found. The victim, fatally stabbed four times in the back, was killed in the 12th or 13th century.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2014-04-16 07:08
The builders of Mingary Castle on the Ardnamurchan peninsula in Scotland may have been illiterate, but they left their mark on history through their graffiti. The markings, discovered recently in the castle's chapel, were probably inscribed when the chapel was first built, between 1265 and 1295. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2014-03-31 06:26
Master-at-arms Paul Macdonald, of Macdonald Armouries in Edinburgh, Scotland, is looking for two apprentices. Qualifications include the ability to learn quickly and a passion for history.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2014-03-02 14:34
Gus Paterson and Derek McLennan of Ayrshire, Scotland have made their hobby of treasure hunting pay off. They recently discovered over 300 medieval silver coins, the biggest collection of medieval silver coins ever found using metal detectors in Scotland, in a field at Twynholm, near Kirkcudbright. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2014-03-01 15:20
In 937, a deciding battle was fought which changed the course of British history forever. The Battle of Brunanburh, one of the UK's bloodiest, was fought between the Scots and the Saxons, establishing England's identity. Unfortunately, no one knows where the battle took place.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2014-02-08 10:57
In 1891, the British Museum acquired a lump of organic material found at a Viking burial site in Lilleberge, Norway. The material had metal pieces in it, but no one took the time to examine it further - until recently when Curator Barry Ager took a second look and ordered the material x-rayed. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2014-02-01 19:42
A team of archaeologists from Rampart Scotland has discovered evidence of a post-Roman hillfort at Sheriffside, 20 miles to the east of Edinburgh, Scotland. Experts believe that the fort, and its 2.80m deep ditch, were constructed to defend against frequent raids by Scots and Picts against local tribes.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2014-01-24 16:26
Central Scotland's Antonine Wall has never enjoyed the reputation as a tourist destination that its southern cousin, Hadrian’s Wall, has had, but a new 5-year plan proposed by Historic Scotland may change that fact. The development plan provides a "framework" for conservation and promotion.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2013-12-24 20:27
Members of Clan Macneil have joined forces with Historic Scotland to raise UK£200,000 for the restoration of Kisimul Castle in Barra. The 15th century fortress was the stronghold of the clan in the Western Isles.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2013-12-15 18:24
Experts working on excavations at Dingwall's Cromartie Memorial car park have confirmed that the site was the location of an 11th century Thing, or Norse parliament. The structure may have been built at the instruction of Thorfinn the Mighty.
Submitted by Johnnae on Mon, 2013-11-11 15:14
Needleworkers in Scotland have created a very cool tapestry project, the world's largest, according to the BBC.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2013-11-09 17:23
September 9, 2013 marked the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Flodden (the English won), while 2014 will be the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn (the Scots took that one), two events destined to bring tourists flocking to Scotland and northern England. Sophie Campbell of The Telegraph has a feature story.