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Submitted by Genevieve la fl... on Wed, 2011-04-06 10:29
BBC news magazine recently carried a 14th century 'Asbo' (English acronym for Anti-Social Behaviour Order) -- a complaint from one London neighbour against another about her 'creative' waste disposal, that piped her privy straight into a nearby gutter.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Wed, 2011-03-30 13:12
The beaver, extinct in Wales since the 12th century, is being reintroduced to Machynlleth, Wales. The European beaver was prized for its fur and the medicinal qualities of its glands.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2011-03-30 09:57
Renovation work for the gift shop at Scotland's historic Stirling Castle has unearthed the castle's 16th century defenses, which were built using the latest techniques around 1540. The defences were demolished during modernization in the 18th century.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2011-03-20 19:27
The playing fields of Dwr-y-Felin Comprehensive Upper School in Neath, Wales must occupy a strategic location since they were the site of not one, but two Roman forts, a 1st century timber structure and a later stone fort.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2011-03-15 18:59
In 1477 Margery Brews sent the first valentine in the English language to her sweetheart John Paston begining "ryght welebeloued Voluntyne" (right well-beloved Valentine), she promised to be a good wife, adding: "Yf that ye loffe me as Itryste verely that ye do ye will not leffe me" (If you love me, I trust.. you will not leave me).
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2011-03-14 06:19
For thousands of years, experts have debated how the huge stones that constitute Stonehenge were transported from Wales to their current site in southern England. Now engineer Garry Lavin has a new theory: wicker. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2011-03-06 16:38
The animal residents of Redwall Abbey are in mourning over the death of their creator, Brian Jacques, who died of a heart attack in Liverpool, England at the age of 71. Jacques wrote 21 novels in the Redwall series.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2011-02-17 08:41
Roman officials have accepted an offer from Diego Della Valle, founder of Tod's luxury shoe brand, to fund the restoration of the crumbling Colosseum.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2011-02-06 08:49
Ulf Buntgen, a paleoclimatologist at the Swiss Federal Research Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape, believes political history can be read in the trees. He is the co-author of a study which links the "rise and fall of past civilisations and sudden shifts in Europe's climate."
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2011-02-05 16:07
Construction of new viewing stands for the Edinburgh Tattoo at the Castle has revealed a previously unknown boundary wall.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2011-02-01 15:36
Contractors working on an extension to a church in Jersey, UK, were surprised to discover human remains during excavation. They were doubly surprised to learn that the remains are from Roman residents of the island.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2011-01-29 13:01
Costumers: The opportunity of a lifetime presents itself on Feruary 12, 2011 when the Royal Shakespeare Company will sell thousands of costumes worn by such theatre luminaries as Ian McKellen and Kenneth Branagh.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Mon, 2011-01-10 12:08
The British Red Cross has threatened a Scottish production of the pantomime show 'The Magical Adventures of Robin Hood" for placing a red cross on a nurse's costume.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2011-01-04 16:27
A "fragment of paper with brown scrawls" discovered recently in a public library in the French city of Nantes was not just trash. It was a coded document written by Leonardo da Vinci. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2011-01-01 08:42
Police in Glastonbury, England are looking for vandals who cut the branches from the Holy Thorn, a 2,000-year-old tree said to have been planted by Joseph of Arimathea. (video)
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2010-11-18 14:23
Once part of the Luttrell family estate, the village of Dunster, England could lose its medieval cobbled streets due to injuries caused by the cobbles' poor condition.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2010-11-15 10:54
"Our state is less strong because money which should navigate and multiply lies dead, converted into vanities," said the rulers of Venice, who enforced laws designed to curb the spending habits of the rich. These sumptuary laws are the subject of an article by Sarah Dunant on the BBC News Magazine blog.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2010-11-14 08:09
Sycamore trees are the culprits in damage done to the historic Roman wall in St. Albans, England. Built in the 3rd century, the wall is what remains of a five metres high and three metres wide wall, circling the city, with a walkway on top. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2010-11-13 18:24
Horse archery is a sport appreciated by only a few, but its popularity is gaining strength in England which now holds a national championship.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2010-11-03 16:20
Teacher Karl James Langford and his students are on a quest: to find the lost medieval village of Whitelands near Porthkerry in Wales.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2010-10-28 18:05
"The main trouble is getting it through the door," said Nick Barnfield, project conservator with Cliveden Conservation, about the removal of the Berryfield mosaic at Colchester Castle, once the dining room floor of a 2nd century Roman townhouse.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2010-10-25 15:23
The British Charity Commission has accepted that druids' worship of natural spirits is a religious activity, making it the first pagan practice to be given official recognition as a religion.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2010-10-20 17:16
An historic, 16th century stone archway on the grounds of Scone Palace in Perthshire was destroyed recently when a van driven by a contractor crashed into it.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2010-10-17 00:43
Scottish history buffs with time on their hands will want to check out the BBC Scotland's website which features a links list of stories and videos relating to Scottish history.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2010-10-12 06:43
Ever wish you could fly like a falcon? Now you can, with a little help from technology and the internet. Experts for the BBC have attached tiny cameras to the backs of a Peregrine Falcon and the Goshawk. The resultant video is amazing. (video)
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2010-10-01 16:08
An exceptional gold ring, sporting "four beasts' heads with inlaid blue and yellow glass eyes" will be featured on a new BBC program Digging for Britain, focussing on Bristol, England and Berkeley Castle. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2010-09-28 19:09
Archaeologist Harold Mytum believes that a pre-Viking settlement at Port y Candas on the Isle of Man was probably the home of an important leader who could "support the craftsmen who would have worked making tools, weapons and bronze jewellery."
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Fri, 2010-09-24 16:33
A Saxon-era boat has been discovered during flood defense construction along the River Ant in Norfolk, England.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Wed, 2010-09-22 16:15
A complete suit of armor has been found at the Roman fortress of Caerleon in southern Wales. The armor was found on what is believed to be the top floor of a warehouse.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2010-09-06 07:26
The debate continues among archeologists and linguists over the symbols on over 200 carved stones dating to the time of the Picts in Scotland. Archeologists feel that the carvings are "symbolic markings that communicated information."