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Monks Began English Gardening Tradition

Monasteries were a stronghold of medieval gardening in Europe. The manual labor of gardening taught humility and thus benefited the monks' souls, while the herbs and vegetables they grew aided their health.

World's Oldest Football to be Displayed in Hamburg

A 16th century football (that's soccer to those of us in the States) will be on display in Hamburg, Germany during the summer of 2006 for the game's World Cup.

Roman Pottery Find in Back Yard

A homeowner in Cardiff, Wales discovered a trove of Roman pottery while digging in his garden.

Plus ça change, plus ç'est la meme chose?

BBC Europe editor Mark Mardell muses over the similarities between the power structures of the European Union and those of an emerging feudal state.

14th Century Palace Located Outside Glasgow

After decades of searching, the ruins of the Bishop of Glasgow's palace have been discovered outside the city. The 13th century building stood for three centuries before being destroyed in the Reformation.

New Henry I Charter Discovered

Historians working at Berkeley Castle in Gloucestershire have discovered a charter, from the reign of Henry I, granting a manor to St Peter's Abbey.

Huge Hoard of Roman Coins Found in Britain

The discovery of 600 copper, Roman coins has British archaeologists buzzing. The hoard, found in Suffolk, England, is thought to be the largest stash of legitimately-minted coins ever found in the country.

Romano-British Good Luck Charm Found

Archaeologists working near Hadrian's Wall in Northumberland, England, have discovered a stone carving of what is believed to be the god Cocidius, a Romano-British warrior god, used for protection and good luck.

Medievale Fortified Bridge Linking Wales and England Discovered at Shrewsbury

A medieval bridge that was once an entry point into England from Wales has been unearthed at Shrewsbury.

Black Plague Caused Climate Change

A new study suggests that the devastating Black Death may have done more than wipe out 1/3 of the population. It may have triggered Europe's "Little Ice Age" in the 14th century.

Hartlepool Excavations Give Insight into Medieval Life

Construction crews working on a project to create a new town square in Hartlepool, England were surprised to unearth the remains of a medieval town complete with "medieval properties, pots and relics of iron smelting."

Medieval Ship had Lucky Coin

A silver French coin, inscribed in Latin, has been discovered in the keel of the medieval ship found in Newport. Researchers believe this proves that the ship was French in origin.

Museums Battle over Medieval Pitcher

A small museum is locked in a battle to keep a medieval jug dating possibly to the 14th century in the UK. Luton Museum Services has a month to raise £750,000 to match the price offered by New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art for the Wenlok Jug.

New Road Plans for Stonehenge

The controversy continues. English Heritage is still working on options to remove traffic from the area around Stonehenge, this time with five different options.

French Coin Found in Newport Ship

Archaeologist Angela Karsten has discovered a 15th century French silver coin embedded in the keel of the Newport ship, a medieval vessel uncovered on the banks of the river Usk three years ago, leading experts to believe that the ship originated in France.

Time changes modern human's face

Modern people possess less prominent features but higher foreheads than our medieval ancestors, according to research on the changes to the shape of the human skull over the past 650 years.

Portrait of Lady Jane Grey identified

Tests have suggested that a painting found in London may be the only surviving portrait of Lady Jane Grey, who was Queen of England for nine days.

Irish Castle Sold for UK£1,000

Gosford Castle in County Armagh, Northern Ireland, has been purchased by a development company for UK£1,000. The castle, which is in a poor state of repair, will be refurbished by the developers at a cost of UK£4M.

Roman Road Used Throughout Medieval Period

Archaeologists working on a section of Roman road in Wiltshire, England have found horseshoes and conclude that the road was in use in the medieval period.

Painted-Over Italian Fresco Restored

"The Separation of Night and Day," a rare Italian fresco by Guido Reni, has had the coat of paint removed that has hidden the work from view for 150 years.

Skeleton Discovered Under 15th Century Ship is Much Older

Experts examining an Iron Age skeleton found discovered buried beneath a medieval ship in Newport, South Wales, say it is "remarkably well preserved." Tests on the bones by forensic archaeologists at Lampeter University, Mid Wales, have shown that they date back to 170 B.C.

Lottery fund to help pay for analysis of medieval ship

A grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund will help pay for a project to examine the medieval ship buried in the banks of the River Usk, in Newport.

Historic Cornwall District Needs Volunteers to Preserve Archaeological Site

Wardens at an historic site in Cornwall are asking for help to conserve the archaeological remains on the landmark.

Children Explore Mabinogion through Lessons

Welsh poet Twm Morys joined a group of school children as they gathered in the woods of Wales for a day of lessons which included poetry writing, stories of Coed Felinrhyd and walking in the woods.

DNA to Help Find Origin of "Christmas"

Telecommunications engineer and genealogist Henry Christmas hopes that DNA will help him discover the single ancestor with the surname "Christmas."

Medieval Fortress Gets Christmas Tree

An illuminated festive tree will grace a medieval fortress in Cumbria after a deal to secure funding.

Barley Hall Asks for Help

The City of York is making an appeal to the world at large to make donations to help with the upkeep of Barley Hall, a medieval merchant's home, dating back to the War of the Roses.

13th Century Manor House Burns

Malmesbury House, a 13th century manor, caught fire November 23, 2005. Fire crews were able to stop the blaze, but the extent of damage is unknown at this time.

Italian Leader Hopes to Reopen Pilgrim Road

Former European Commission president Romano Prodi, who is running for election as Italy's prime minister next year, says if elected he will try to revive the 1,200-mile Via Francigena, a medieval pilgrim route from Canterbury to Rome dating back to the 10th century.

Tomb of Edward the Confessor Found

Experts believe that they have discovered the 700-year-old tomb of England's King Edward the Confessor beneath the floor of Westminster Abbey.