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14th Century Button Industry in Coventry

Small pieces of bone, the leftovers from button making, have been found on the site of an old Salvation Army building in Coventry.

Badgers Damage Salisbury Burial Mounds

Badgers? We Don't Need No Stinking Badgers! OK, I couldn't resist! But badgers are reportedly doing serious damage to prehistoric burial mounds on Salisbury Plain.

King Coenwulf Penny Brings US$409,000 at Auction

A 9th century, gold, Anglo-Saxon penny sold for over US$400,000 recently, a world record for a British coin.

Berwick Today: Saxon Chapel Found at Bamburgh Castle

Archaeologists working on Bamburgh Castle may have discovered a medieval chapel mentioned by the Venerable Bede as possessing the arm of St. Oswald.

Iron Age Horse Burial Discovered in North Yorkshire

Experts are investigating the ceremonial burial site of four horses dating to the 1st century C.E. discovered recently in North Yorkshire, England.

Moot Hall Gives Up Its Secrets

Excavations beneath the floor of Hexham, England's 14th century Moot Hall have revealed a previous structure.

Tudor/Stewart Ring Unearthed in West Wycombe, England

Local hobbyists using metal detectors have discovered a gold ring dating from late Tudor or early Stewart England.

Anglo-Saxon Brain Surgery Re-writes History Books

Medical history may need to be re-written after the recent discovery of a skull which shows signs of complex surgery.

Janet Arnold Featured in "National Biography"

British costuming legend Janet Arnold appeared recently in the online "Biography of the Day" series.

New York Tolkien Society

Heren Istarion is an organization dedicated to the learning and understanding of the life and works of Professor Tolkien. The organization is officially registered with the Tolkien Society UK as a "smial."

Search for Missing Church Statues

Local villagers in Cley, Norfolk are launching a search for 13 statues, which were removed from the local church during the Reformation led by Henry VIII.

Was Owain Lowgoch really an Englishman?

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

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography to be Published

Here's a riddle: What has 62.5 million words, over 60,000 pages and includes biographies of people who never existed? It's the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Norman Pillar Uncovered in Coventry

A pillar from the Benedictine Priority Cathedral, which was destroyed during the reign of Henry VIII, has been unearthed in Coventry, England.

A Day in Saxony (Activities for children)

Speak Olde English, discover Saxon Pottery, Learn rune-writing, explore Bede's World and more with these children's activities, book suggestions, and weblinks.

V & A Image Searching Now Available

Jadwiga Zajaczkowa reports on the Known World Librarians List about a new research resource from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London: online searching.

£67.5m Visitors' Centre Planned for Stonehenge

English Heritage has unveiled its plans for a new visitor center at Stonehenge at a cost of UK£67.5m.

9th Century Mercian Penny Names King Coenwulf

A man walking his dog on a footpath near Bedfordshire, England idly picked up a coin believed to be worth 120,000-150,000 pounds.

"Seaman Swan" Offers Insight into Sailor's Life

The remains of a crewman of Oliver Cromwell's ship, discovered off the coast of Scotland, show that the sailor "had the body of a trapeze artist" and probably worked in the rigging.

Vacation in an Iron Age Village!

Visitors to England near the Forest of Dean may get the chance to live in an Iron Age village, wearing costumes, foraging for food, and learning the arts of residents of the time period.

Cambridge News: Chalk Horse Discovered in Cambridgeshire

A chalk horse, discovered in a farmer's field near Whittlesford, England, has sent researchers scurrying for answers.

New Yorker: Why Read Shakespeare?

Adam Gopnik, Critic at Large for the New Yorker, offers his opinion on why Shakepeare remains "the necessary poet".

British Art Fund Offers £500,000 to Help Save Medieval Manuscript

The National Art Collections Fund has offered £500,000 to help save the 14th-century Macclesfield Psalter which was recently sold at auction.

Own a Piece of Sherwood Forest!

A square foot plot of Sherwood Forest is being auctioned on eBay.

In Drake's Wake

Owners of a replica of Sir Francis Drake's galleon, the Golden Hinde, seek a part-time captain for the ship.

Cour d'Amour

The valiant Lancelot du Lac calls all gentle lords and ladies to tourney at his castle, Joyous Garde. Guinevere, the Queen of Love, and her ladies gallery will judge who is most chivalrous among those who test their skills within the lists and upon the field of battle. Come all those who would sit at the Round Table and meet in honorable combat to decide who will win the day: Arthur or Lancelot.

Viking Burial Site Found in England

Archaeologists have located the burial site of six Vikings who died around the beginning of the 10th century CE.

Discovery Channel: Wooden Carving Linked to Viking "Seahenge"

A wooden carving of the Viking god Odin has been linked to England Neolithic monument Seahenge, which consists of a giant, overturned tree stump surrounded by wooden timbers.

14th century brooches declared national treasure

Two 14th century brooches (one in 24-carat gold, with an inscription; the other in braided silver wire) found by metal-detecting enthusiasts have been declared treasures by the British Museum.

Historians Search for Boadicea's Battleground

Queen Boadicea, the warrior queen who battled the Romans in 1st century Britain, is the subject of a segment of the new TV series "Battlefield Britain."