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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.

Castle Built by William the Conqueror Up for Sale

Rougemont Castle, an 11th century structure located in the town of Exeter, England, is for sale. Although no price is listed, bids are believed to be going as high as 1.5 million pounds Sterling.

Hunting for Ghosts at Pengersick Castle

A team of ghost investigators spent the night at Pengersick Castle on November 12, 2005 to try and find evidence of a haunting.

Medieval Gateway Temporarily Part of Arts Performance

Canterbury's Westgate, billed as one of the "most recognisable landmarks in Kent," is being integrated into an art project.

Binge-drinking an age-old problem

Experts have uncovered evidence that 12th century Londoners drank ale by the gallon, starting at breakfast time, due to poor quality drinking water.

British Youth Attend "Knight School"

British police are now giving youngsters a lesson in medieval virtues at "knight school." The kids learn how chivalry can be applied to modern life.

Forensic Scientists Help Solve Mystery of Copernicus' Grave

Archaeologists believe that they have found the grave of 16th century astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus including a skull and partial remains.

Iron Age Survivor

Would you have been voted off the Iron Age island? The BBC's History Trail lets players try their skills at a number of Iron Age survival skills.

"New" Da Vinci Works on Display in Italy

A pair of previously unseen paintings by Leonardo da Vinci are on display at Ancona's Mole Vanvitelliana Museum. The works were once believed to have been painted by one of the master's pupils.

Will the REAL Will Shakespeare Please Stand Up?

It appears that everyone but William Shakespeare wrote the playwright's work. The new candidate was an Elizabethan diplomat named Sir Henry Neville.

Homer's Ithaca Found?

British amateur archaeologist Robert Bittlestone believes he has found the location of Odysseus' fabled Ithaca as part of the Greek island of Cephalonia.

Medieval Monks May have Held Secrets of Diet Pill

An herbal remedy used by 12th century Scottish monks may be resurrected as a modern appetite suppressant.

More than Ones and Zeros

Monty Python's Terry Jones will host a documentary on the history of numbers. The Story of 1, which merges the comedian/writer's quirky wit with historical research, will be presented by BBC 1.

The Return of Asterix

Fans of the Asterix comic book series will be glad to know that the first book in four years will be released in October 2005. The Sky Falls On His Head is the 33rd book in the series, which features the escapades of the Gallic warrior with the yellow moustache.

Viking Estrid Not Mother but Daughter

In an article for New Scientist, researchers disclose that the female remains buried with the last Viking king were not those of his mother as previously believed, but in reality, his daughter-in-law.

17th Century Farm Offers Tips for Modern Life

A year-long project by five experts has uncovered what life was like on a Welsh farm in the year 1620. The article by Megan Lane is part of the BBC series Tales from the Green Valley.

A Breath of Fresh Welsh Air

Welsh expatriates longing for the smell of home can now buy bottled Welsh air on the internet for a mere UK£24 per bottle.

Evidence of medieval caesarian shows people valued life.

An article about the fine of a skeleton from 12th Century England showing evidence of a Caesarian section performed on a woman.

Pronunciation of names bad enough in the real world -- let alone the SCA

Dr. Mallory Wober, a linguist who studies how and why people mispronounce names, says that names like "Moog" (pronounced like "mohg") are mangled badly enough -- to say nothing of Middle English names like "AElflaed".

Medical Knowledge of Medieval Monks

Recent excavations of Soutra Hospital in Scotland show that the medieval Augustine monks had knowledge of anaesthetics and disinfectants as well as surgical instruments.

17th Century Shipwreck to be Protected

The wreck of a 17th century ship off the coast of Dorset, England, will now be protected from treasure hunters and unlicenced divers by the British government.

Roman Smelting Operation Found in Welsh Bog

Archaeologists working in Llancynfelyn, near Borth, Wales, have discovered a Roman "industrial estate" which includes a lead smelting operation.

Researchers Brave Cliffs to Find Medieval Cemetery

A group of archaeologists from Cardiff University in Wales are searching a clifftop in Pembrokeshire hoping to discover a medieval cemetery. A skeleton dating to that time was found previously in the area.

Stonehenge Tunnel Estimate Jumps to £470m

The British government has re-evaluated plans to build a traffic tunnel under Stonehenge when a new estimate of £470m was announced.

Thames Gives Up Secrets at Tower Beach

Tower Beach, the foreshore of the Tower of London, has been opened for a series of walks and talks by World Heritage experts. The series will discuss artifacts found on the shore of the River Thames.

Bulgaria Unearths Thracian Riches

Archaeologists in Bulgaria have unearthed the treasure-filled tomb of what is thought to be a Thracian king.

Stonehenge Quarry Found

University professor Tim Darvill believes he has discovered the Welsh quarry where the bluestones, which form the circle of Stonehenge, were mined.

Iron Age Farm Discovered in England

Archaeologists have discovered an Iron Age settlement on farmaland near the English city of Cheltenham.