Scotsman

Prince Charles Offers Plants to 'Elizabethan' Garden

Prince Charles has offered some plants from his Highgrove estate for a proposed Elizabethan garden at a cottage in Cornwall, said to be the family home of Sir Francis Drake's first wife.

Harbor Dig Hopes to Find North Berwick's Early Roots

A major new archaeological excavation is taking place in North Berwick, Scotland, where last year researchers found a medieval cemetery. The new dig may reveal even earlier roots.

Scottish Minister Proposes Ban on Swords

Scottish First Minister Jack McConnell hopes to crack down on the country's "knife culture" by restricting the sale and possession of blades.

Newswise: Laptops to Replace Picks?

University of New York at Buffalo geophysicist Gregory S. Baker believes laptops may be more effective tools for archeologists than picks and trowels.

Rabbits Threaten Scottish History

Rabbits are threatening Roman historical sites in Scotland by burrowing beneath their foundations.

"Stupid English Prejudice" Colors View of Scotland

British TV historian David Starkey is being accused of "stupid English prejudice" after he claimed that Scotland was not as important as England.

Forest Got the Best of Roman Army

It wasn't barbarians who defeated the armies of Rome in Scotland, but the country's impenetrable forest, according to a new book by Chris Smout.

Did 2nd Century Comet Shake Roman World?

Scientists believe that a field of craters around Lake Chiemsee in southern Germany is the result of a comet striking in earth in the second century.

King's Wall Protected Against Invasion and Plague

A section of the "King's Wall" constructed in Edinburgh, Scotland by James II has been discovered during excavation for a building site.

Somerled: Scotland's Unsung Hero

If it weren't for Somerled, Scotland's unsung hero, residents of the country might be speaking Norwegian.

Kenneth MacAlpine: Scot or Pict?

A new book by historian Alex Woolf claims that Scottish hero Kenneth MacAlpine was actually a Pict.

Pierce Brosnan to Star in Walter Scott Epic

Actor Pierce Brosnan is scheduled to portray Lord Lochinvar in an upcoming epic set in 12th century Scotland.

Scottish historic sites threatened by global warming

Nearly one third of Scotland's 35,000 historic sites, including Skara Brae, are threatened with destruction due to coastal erosion.

Time Team Denied Access to Rosslyn Chapel

Tony Robinson of Channel 4's Time Team has been denied access to look for the Holy Grail in Scotland's Rosslyn Chapel.

Byzantine architecture leaves its mark

Ian Campbell of the Scotsman looks at the history and influence of Byzantine architecture.

Mystery of Royal Mistress' Death

Historians are using DNA and modern forensic technology to investigate the death of Anges Sorel, mistress to Charles VII of France.

Was Owain Lowgoch really an Englishman?

New evidence may show that Wales' great hero, Owain Lowgoch, was born in Surrey, England.

First Cistercian Nunnery in Scotland Excavated

St. Leonard's, the oldest Cistercian nunnery in Scotland, is the site of a new excavation that has delivered on its promise of impressive artifacts.

DNA Shows Scottish-Spanish Relation

A new study by geneticists at Dublin’s Trinity College proves that the Irish and Scots are more closely related to Spaniards than to the Celts of central Europe.

Chedworth Roman Villa Receives Sandford Award

The Chedworth Roman Villa in Gloucestershire, England has been awarded the prestigious Sandford Award for the excellent quality of its eductional program and administrative management.

Did Spice Make the Ancient World Go Round?

David Rosenthal reviews Spice: The History of a Temptation by Jack Turner, a new book which theorizes that spice brought about the downfall of Rome.

Anglo-Saxon Princess On Display

The remains of a 6th Century Anglo-Saxon princess have been put on display as part of a £5m restoration of the Corinium Museum in Cirencester.

Siege of Leith Cannonball Found

A canonball, believed to have been fired during the Siege of Leith, has been found at a local construction site.

Divers Investigate Wreck of the Mary Rose

England's Ministry of Defence has funded exploration of the site of Henry VIII's flagship, the Mary Rose which lies at the bottom of Portsmouth Harbor.

£70,000 Needed to Save Britain's Oldest Theatre

This year's performances at a medieval Cornish amphitheatre, said to be the oldest working theatre in Britain, could be the last, as the community cannot afford to buy the adjacent plot of land from its present owners.

East Lothian Pub Boasts "Grotesque" Ceiling

The earliest example of a Renaissance painted ceiling in Scotland, originally painted at Prestongrange House in 1581, but later removed for preservation, has been reproduced at a nearby East Lothian pub.

11th century medical book to be returned to Iraq

Scotland Yard was on the job in London when they recovered a stash of rare antiquities stolen from Iraq in 1995.

Scottish Clans Battle Over Claim to King Arthur

Clan MacArthur and Clan Campbell are challenging Cornish claims - and each other's - to the right to claim King Arthur as their own.

Rabbits Threaten Viking Site

"What? Behind the rabbit?" "It is the rabbit! It's got nasty, sharp, pointy teeth!" A two-acre site in South Uist (Scotland) that once contained a Viking village is threatened by destructive rabbits.

Medieval Hall Revealed to be Neolithic Ritual Chamber

Archaeologists excavating what they thought was a medieval hall were surprised to discover a neolithic building instead.