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Bid to save manuscript for Britain

Arts Minister Estelle Morris has deferred the export of the Macclesfield Psalter, a 14th century manuscript from East Anglia, to its purchaser, Los Angeles' Getty Museum, to give British bidders an opportunity to gather the funds to purchase it.

Teen knight gets joust desserts

Michael Lewis, a 14-year-old from Taunton who has joined a jousting re-enactment company performing at a castle in Devon, may be the youngest person in Britain to perform in jousting displays.

Face of Anglo-Saxon "Princess" Revealed

Leading edge forensic science has been used to reconstruct the face of the Anglo-Saxon woman known as Mrs Getty.

Chesterfield Pub Hides Roman Fort

Deveoplers working at Old Feather's Pub on Lordsmill Street in Chesterfield, England, have discovered evidence of a Roman fort.

Roman Villa Had All the Amenities

Archaeologists are celebrating the discovery of a huge Roman villa near Swindon, England as "one of the most important Roman sites in England."

Fourteenth Century English Pub Nearly Destroyed by Car Accident

Grizel reports that a medieval pub owned by the family of a friend was struck by a hit-and-run driver and nearly destroyed.

Medieval St. George Discovered in Llangattock Lingoed

A life-size painting of St. George dating from the Middle Ages has been discovered in St Cadoc's Church in Llangattock Lingoed, South Wales.

Will Terrorists Target Leaning Tower?

Italian authorities have installed new security gates to help safeguard the Learning Tower of Pisa from terrorist attack.

Archdruid Demands Return of Stonehenge

The Archdruid of Wales has called for Stonehenge to be returned to his country.

Grant Helps Speed up Anglo-Norman Dictionary

The work of updating a revised version of the Anglo-Norman Dictionary -- which will probably take until 2019 to complete -- will go just a little faster, thanks to a grant of over three quarters of a million U.S. dollars.

Garage Demolition Allows 13th Century Priory to be Rebuilt

The demolition of a garage in Gloucester will enable the original cloister of the Blackfriars Priory to be restored.

8th Century Cliffside Cemetery Discovered in Wales

Two skeletons in a 1200-year-old cliff-face cemetery have been discovered in Pembrokeshire, Wales by archaeologists lowered on ropes.

17th Century English Artillery Fort Found

The remains of three gun positions of an artillery fort have been discovered in Hull, England.

Roman Industrial Site Discovered in Wales

Archaeologists working on a timber trackway at Llancynfelyn, near Talybont have discovered the remains of a 3rd century Roman industrial site beneath it.

Portrait of Queen Mary Tudor to go on display

A portrait of Mary Tudor will go on display in Winchester Cathedral June 30, 2004.

Tempers Flare Over Remains of "Wookey Witch"

New owners of the cave where the remains of the "Wookey Witch" were discovered fear the results of an ancient curse and want them back.

New Source for Latin Study Delights British Schoolchildren

The Cambridge Online Latin Project is giving thousands of British schoolchildren the chance to study Latin and making them enjoy the experience.

Roman Bath House Discovered in Kent

An archaeological dig in Kent, England has uncovered a Roman bath house.

Yoda, Sam and Gollum Teach Non-Standard English

Author David Crystal claims that movie characters such as Yoda and Gollum are excellent examples of non-standard English usage to teach children.

10-Year-Old Finds Medieval Ring

Nathan Duffield, a 10-year-old student from Milford Haven, England, has discovered a 600-year-old ring with a metal detector.

4th Century Punch May be Oldest Alloy Steel Tool

An Iron Age punch dating to the 4th century C.E. may be the oldest European example of alloy steel yet discovered.

BBC Radio Explores "The Norman Way"

A new radio series on England's BBC Four looks at life in Ango-Saxon England at the time of the Norman Conquest.

Study Contemplates Preservation of Mona Lisa

Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece, the Mona Lisa, is showing signs of age and may need preservation.

16th Century Map Surprisingly Modern

A 1539 map by Swedish cartographer Olaus Magnus surprises scholars with its depiction of the North Atlantic Ocean.

DNA Shows Scots and English Only Distantly Related

A new DNA study shows that genetic differences between Scots and the English may be greater than expected.

Shroud of Turin Doppelganger

A second ghostly image of a face has been discovered on the back of the famous Shroud of Turin

Life Lousy for the Roman Soldier

A new exhibit of items excavated outside Carlisle Castle near Hadrian's Wall demonstrates that Roman soldiers fought a different kind of foe - lice.

Heritage Lottery Used to Help Restore Irish Castle

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Pond Construction Unearths Roman Treasure

A man digging a fishpond in his back garden in Thornbury, South Gloucestershire, England, was amazed to find a treasure hoard of 20,000 4th century Roman coins.

Fire Damages 12th Century Monastery

A fire at Greece's 12th century Serbian Orthodox Hilandariou Monastery destroyed parts of the monks living quarters but spared the monastery's collection of relics, manuscripts and icons.