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Painted Anglo-Saxon Angel Sculpture Found

An almost complete (though broken) Anglo-Saxon sculpture of an angel has been found under Lichfield Cathedral.

Gold Ring Provides Link Between British and New World

A gold ring, discovered by in 1998 by archaeologist David S. Phelps, may provide evidence of the contact between British explorers and Native Americans in the late 16th century.

Searching for the Tollbooth - 15th Century Prison in Edinburgh

Using ground penetrating radar, archaeologists are searching Edinburgh's historic Royal Mile to try and locate the remains of the Tollbooth - a 15th century prison.

British Museum Buys Most Expensive Coin - Anglo-Saxon Mancus

The British Museum just paid UK£357,832, the largest sum ever for a gold Anglo-Saxon coin.

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.

Medieval Cemetery Found in Leicester

A construction company, making way for a new shopping mall, has discovered a large, medieval cemetery near the English city of Leicester. The cemetery appears to have been in use from the 12th through 16th centuries.

16th Century Tudor Chapel Found

A Tudor chapel, originally built by Henry VII, has been discovered at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, England. The original vault has been found completely intact.

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.

New exhibit at the Folger on children's Shakespeareana

"'Golden Lads and Lasses': Shakespeare for Children" is on display at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, through May 13.

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.

Wallace Execution Headlined Medieval Fair

The execution of Scottish hero William Wallace appears to have been the opening act for a medieval carnival in August of 1305.

13th Century Arrowhead Used Against Poachers

Archaeologists from Manchester University working on a hilltop site near Mellor, England, have found an iron arrowhead and believe that it was used to "slay poachers hunting on the king’s land."

Metal Dectectors Find Golden Angel

A British metal detecting club has struck gold with the discovery of a coin bearing the image of an angel and an inscription saying "Henri VII" or "Henri VIII."

Happy 114th Birthday J.R.R. Tolkien!

J.R.R. Tolkien, creator of the Middle-Earth books including the Lord of the Rings epic, was born on January 3, 1892.

Sutton Hoo Research Project Archive Online

Prof Martin Carver and the Sutton Hoo Research Project are pleased to announce the launch of a new digital archive: The Sutton Hoo Research Project (1983-2001) Archive. The ten volume study of the archaeological site is available online.

All about "Auld Lang Syne"

How many times have you wondered about the origin of the song "Auld Lang Syne?" Just in time for New Year's Day, Dover Publications offers a brief history, and the words to all five verses.

8th Century Building Gets Grant Money for Improvements

A £50,000 grant will pay for a tour of Dewsbury Minster, showcasing its 'lost' heritage. It will also pay for improvements to the Grade II-listed building’s outdated lighting, heating, access, signs and literature in the site's west end.

Newport Ship Skeleton Theory

A skeleton found under the Newport Ship could have belonged to a man who was decapitated in a sacrificial killing, a leading archaeologist working on the project says. But there is also the possibility that he met his end in the waters of the River Usk by drowning.

Viking in Your Genes? Volunteers Donate DNA for Test

Predisposed towards battle axes, but never understood why? The answer may be in your genes.

15th Century Church Restored, Reopened

The historic Church House at South Tawton was packed to bursting point on Nov. 30, 2005, as visitors came to marvel at the extensive restoration work on the 500-year-old building.

Lights, Christmas Tree on the Castle!

Carlisle Castle was back to its festive best on Dec. 9, 2005, after Mayor Sandra Fisher threw the switch to light the Christmas tree on the city’s battlements.

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."

12th Century Window on Display

A 12th century window, an archaeological gem which gives an insight into the lost world of Merton Priory, has gone on display at the Museum of London.

Farmer Restoring Ancient Woodlands Unearths Pits Dating to 1350 A.D.

As Britain celebrates the 30th anniversary of National Tree Week, one Cumbrian farmer is making a valuable contribution to the regeneration of the county's woodland - and uncovering some fascinating facts about the region's industrial heritage into the process, as well as pits dating back to 1350 A.D.

Knights of St. Edmund Curse Developers

In England, the Knights of St. Edmund are calling down a 1,000 year-old curse upon developers involved in the construction of a shopping center.

Computers Create Image of 12th Century Abbey

Modern computers are creating the first computer-generated image of Tupholme Abbey, a 12th century ruin in England.

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.

Riber Castle is Center of Dispute

Riber Castle is at the center of a dispute between developers who want to build housing around the historic building and conservationists and historians who want to preserve the site.

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.