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Submitted by Ursula on Wed, 2010-07-07 08:25
An analysis of oyster shells thrown away by colonists in Jamestown, Virginia, indicates that historical accounts of a severe drought in 1611-1612 are correct. The shells show that the James River was much saltier during those years than in the present day, indicating lower rainfall.
Submitted by Ursula on Sat, 2010-07-03 07:42
Inspired by his plane's detour to avoid the Icelandic ash cloud, historian David Cannadine looks at ways that volcanoes have affected human life throughout history.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Thu, 2010-07-01 11:15
A copper badge bearing three heraldic lions has been found in a stone wall in Coventry, England. The badge probably came from a horse harness.
Submitted by Ursula on Wed, 2010-06-30 06:55
The corpse was identified as royalty. Bones found in the Magdeburg Cathedral in 2008 proved to be those of a granddaughter of Alfred the Great: the Saxon Queen Eadgyth, the who died in the 10th century at the age of 36.
Submitted by Ursula on Sat, 2010-06-26 14:52
Members of two groups that urge UK courts to take greater notice of divorced fathers' rights denied vandalizing the White Horse of Uffington with purple paint.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2010-06-24 17:49
Melanie Phillips, a former tour guide at Pembroke Castle in Wales, has begun a campaign to construct a memorial to King Henry VII, who was born in the castle.
Submitted by Ursula on Mon, 2010-06-14 08:01
The vicar of Collingbourne Ducis in Wiltshire has enforced the ancient law, never taken off the books, that allows her to summon the village to archery practice. Those complying with the call to service were rewarded with food and drink.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2010-06-11 18:45
Rowan Atkinson's codpiece from the Blackadder television series was just one of the media-related items sold at auction by Cameo Auctioneers in Midgham in Berkshire, England.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2010-06-11 09:56
Steve Sheldon, of Cotswold Archaeology, has called the recent discovery of an Anglo-Saxon timber hall in Cheltenham, England "one of the best finds of his career." The settlement is believed to date between the 6th and 8th centuries.
Submitted by Ursula on Sat, 2010-06-05 15:24
A silver-gilt boar badge representing Richard III and found last year at Bosworth Field has been declared treasure. The badge probably belonged to a member of the king's inner circle and may indicate the spot where he fell.
Submitted by Ursula on Sat, 2010-05-22 13:12
Most of us think of a map as a tool for getting from one place to another. But throughout history, mapmakers have had other priorities than providing a factual picture of the world.
Submitted by Ursula on Sat, 2010-05-08 06:45
The entire Parker library, a collection of Anglo-Saxon manuscripts at Corpus Christi College of Cambridge University, has been made accessible online. Librarian Suzanne Paul narrates a video tour of the collection's highlights.
Submitted by Ursula on Wed, 2010-05-05 11:03
The dungeon where, according to tradition, the Sheriff of Nottingham held Robin Hood captive is to be laser scanned as part of a new project. Archaeologists at the University of Nottingham will scan all the caves in the area during the two-year Nottingham Caves Survey.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2010-04-30 17:24
What is being called "one of the biggest hoards" of 12th century silver coins has been found by metal dectorists near Knaresborough, England. The 178 coins date to the reign of Henry I. Meanwhile, in Gloucester, four pennies, of an unknown variety, have been found. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2010-04-29 10:42
When its last practioner died in 1958, the art of pole lathe bowl turning died with him, but now former forester Robin Wood has taken up the foot-powered lathe to revive the craft. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2010-04-26 14:29
BBC Technology correspondent Mark Ward reports that a new search engine has been created to help historians find useful sources.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2010-04-24 15:37
A 16th century silver crucifix depicting Christ flanked by the Virgin Mary and John the Evangelist, discovered in 2009 in Yanworth, England, has been declared treasure. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2010-04-21 22:01
Microscopes, X-rays and CAT scans have, so far, been used to identify a recent discovery of a Saxon object from an archaeological dig at The Meads in Kent, with no results. The circular silver, bronze and wooden disk is believed to be a mount, but no one is sure. (photos)
Submitted by Ursula on Wed, 2010-04-21 12:42
Walkers along Hadrian's Wall are being urged to respect the ancient structure and help to protect it.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2010-04-20 17:12
In 1545, the Mary Rose sank during the Battle of the Solent. Trapped inside the carpenter's cabin was a dog, probably kept to catch rats. Now the skeleton of the animal, nicknamed "Hatch," is on display at the Mary Rose Museum at the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2010-04-20 13:49
Google has signed an agreement to digitize one million books, written before 1868, from libraries in Rome and Florence. The books will be free on Google Books.
Submitted by Ursula on Sat, 2010-04-17 21:39
In the village of Maaloula, Syria, the ancient language Aramaic is still spoken but endangered.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2010-04-03 05:51
Long used to clean metal and stone, lasers may be the new tool of choice for cleaning famous works of art. The technique is the same used to remove tattoos.
Submitted by Justin on Wed, 2010-03-31 11:24
As workers carefully dismantled several roof pinnacles at Rosslyn Chapel during a UK£13M renovation project, they found that one of the pinnacles was deliberately hollowed out during its fabrication to make a beehive.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2010-03-24 14:20
Recent analysis of a Roman burial in the city of York show that the remains belonged to a "high status" woman of African origin. Dubbed the "Ivory Bangle Lady," the woman was buried in the late 4th century along with "items including jet and elephant ivory bracelets, earrings, beads and a blue glass jug." (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2010-03-14 08:16
A new study of documents, artifacts, and archaeological surveys seem to prove the true location of the Battle of Bosworth, the site of the death of King Richard of England. (map & photo)
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2010-03-04 18:17
A team of young archeologists is excavating the site of the St Mary Magdalen leper hospital in Winchester. A BBC video chronicles the recent finds at the site. (video)
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2010-02-28 13:14
Recent archaeological finds in the town of Sleaford, England prove that the town "was a very large and important settlement in the Roman period." Among the discoveries were the skeleton of a 4th century woman.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2010-02-12 06:36
The discovery of a Roman grave in Weston-super-Mare, England last year has given experts insight into the life of 2nd-4th century Roman inhabitants of Britain. This particular man, aged between 36 and 45, lived a life "defined by disease and hard labour."
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2010-02-10 10:49
Construction on new viewing stands for the Edinburgh Military Tattoo has revealed two structures dating to the late medieval period. The walls were believed to have formed part of the defense of the castle.