Archaeology and related sciences
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2013-04-08 17:25
Shakespeare wrote that Richard III plotted the deaths of his young nephews in the Tower of London, a theory touted by the Tudors but never confirmed. In the 17th century, the bones of two young children were found in the Tower and were reburied in Westminster Abbey as the princes, Edward V and Richard Duke of York.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Tue, 2013-04-02 14:23
The remains of three medieval Grand Masters of the Teutonic Knights, unearthed in Poland in 2007, have been identified. The men were named Werner von Orseln, Ludolf Koenig, and Heinrich von Plauen.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2013-03-31 07:48
The municipal council of Thessaloniki, Macedonia is listening to arguments between executives of the construction company rebuilding the Venizelos metro station and archaeologists working on the "very significant Byzantine antiquities" discovered during construction about whether to remove the artifacts or to coexist with them.
Submitted by Alys Katharine on Thu, 2013-03-28 13:41
A small wooden replica of a Viking longboat was unearthed in Dublin.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Wed, 2013-03-27 19:04
The earliest documents relating to the city of St. Augustine, Florida (USA) are being digitized for preservation. The documents cover the time period from 1594 to 1763 CE.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Tue, 2013-03-26 09:41
Archaeologists have unearthed a 15th century Chinese coin on the Kenyan island of Manda. This find predates European exploration of Asia, indicating the Chinese may have traded directly with Africa.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2013-03-24 17:01
A tiny scrap of wool fleece, found in a grave, has helped to date an early Christian church in Maryport, Cumbria, England. The wool, which dated to the 3rd or 4th century CE, showed that a structure, accompanied by Christian burials, was probably a Christian church from the late Roman period.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2013-03-23 21:01
All may not have been sweetness and light between the Romans and the local inhabitants during the time of the building of Hadrian's Wall in northern England. A new study suggests that the absence of settlements and artifacts proves that the Romans ejected the locals from the area of the wall.
Submitted by Alys Katharine on Wed, 2013-03-20 14:12
Danish Stone Age pots may not be as old as originally determined if fish were cooked in them.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Mon, 2013-03-18 07:42
Digging for a new rail line in london, England has revelaed a mass grave with 13 skeletons in it. Dates based on pottery indicate that the graves date to the mid 1300s.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2013-03-17 14:52
Researchers might often wonder what went on in Roman baths, and now archaeologist Alissa Whitmore believes she may have some answers. For some time, Whitmore has studied objects discovered in the drains of Roman bathhouses, and has presented her findings at the annual meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America in Seattle.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2013-03-16 21:07
The body seach continues. This time the target is Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, who died in 1530, and was Archbishop of York and Lord Chancellor to Henry VIII. Wolsey died and was buried at Leicester Abbey. Now city councillor Ross Willmott wants to search for Wolsey's remains.
Submitted by Alys Katharine on Fri, 2013-03-15 10:29
The grave of a medieval warrior has been unearthed under a Scottish car park. The site was originally that of a 13th-century monastery.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2013-03-10 22:15
The Annual IMR Postgraduate Conference at the University of Nottingham in England is calling for papers to be presented at its conference to be held July 5, 2013. The deadline for submission is April 1, 2013
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Fri, 2013-03-08 10:28
The Higgins Armory Museum, much beloved of SCAdians, will be closing at the end of the year. The museum houses one of the biggest collections of arms and armor in the United States.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Thu, 2013-03-07 20:23
A grad student visiting Fort Vancouver, Washington (USA) in 1982 noticed some bricks at the fort that didn't look like the others. Analysis later revealed that these bricks were made in Roman England.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Wed, 2013-03-06 12:48
A previously unknown medieval village has been unearthed near Selkirk, Scotland. The site was found during costruction of a water main.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Tue, 2013-03-05 20:38
Forensic analysis of the heart of Richard I of England, the Lionheart, have revelaed traces mint, myrtle, and frankincense, indicating the heart was embalmed. The heart was probably wrapped in linen.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2013-03-03 11:45
Historians continue to debate over the authenticity of a mummifed head found in the attic of a tax collector. Some believe it is the remains of "good King Henri" (Henry IV of France, murdered in 1610), while others believe the claim is "rubbish."
Submitted by Alys Katharine on Fri, 2013-03-01 16:42
A web site offers a wide-ranging virtual tour of the area, from the town and abbey to the inhabitants, crafts, daily life, and archeology from the 4th century through the Middle Ages and up to today.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Thu, 2013-02-28 18:25
Excavations of a grave in the Caucasus mountains in Russia have revealed a man buried with gold, armor, and weapons. The burial dates to between 400 BCE and 200 CE.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2013-02-07 18:52
Over 80 additional artifacts found in the area of the Staffordshire Hoard have been declared treasure. The gold and silver items were discovered near the original site when a field was ploughed. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2013-02-07 12:10
“To assume that Viking men were ranked above women is to impose modern values on the past, which would be misleading,” cautions Marianne Moen one of the organizers of the Viking Worlds Conference, to be held in March 2013.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2013-02-06 17:54
For a thousand years, the Byzantine port city of Bathonea lay hidden and forgotten beneath farmland, but a recent drought revealed the town's seawall, leading to the discovery of a "well-connected, wealthy, fully outfitted harbor city that thrived from the fourth to 11th century." (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2013-02-05 19:45
A UK£200,000 grant is set to finance the removal of power lines and poles from the site of the world-famous Anglo-Saxon burial mounds at Sutton Hoo near Woodbridge, England. Over a mile of lines will be replaced with underground cables.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Mon, 2013-02-04 11:17
DNA analysis has confirned that the skeleton found buried underneath a parking lot in Leicester, England are those of King Richard III. The king, who died in 1485, was demonized in literature and in history as the man who killed two young princes in the Tower of London.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Fri, 2013-02-01 12:46
While rockets are often thought of as the realm of modern scientists and the military, they have their roots in medieval China. This article traces their roots from a 12th century party trick to their evolution as the terror of Mongolian invaders.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2013-01-24 20:04
The city of Lincoln, England has been a Roman outpost since the first century. Situated on the trade route between London and York, the area was first a fortress town and later a colonia, a retirement settlement for soldiers who wished to stay in Britain.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2013-01-23 11:42
A recent study by a team of Danish-Canadian scientists rules out cold weather as the reason that the Vikings abandoned their settlements in Greenland in the 15th century. When cold destroyed crops, say the experts, the settlers just changed their diets to seal meat.
Submitted by Alys Katharine on Mon, 2013-01-21 14:06
Think your toilet paper is rough? Try these! Formerly thought to be broken Roman "gaming pieces", these round ceramic discs are now believed to be the equivalent of a roll of toilet paper.