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Viking runestones

Rare Runic Stone Discovery A newly uncovered runic stone-carving was brought to light by Jane Harrison (Senior Associate Tutor working in our Archaeology programmes) working as part of a project team for the intriguing ‘Languages, Myths and Finds‘ programme. Show More Summary

Oakington Updates

More excavation details of Oakington Anglo-Saxon cemetery on the website, including a 3D cruciform brooch scan.

Treasure Trove Scotland

“A substantial strap mount cast in bronze and decorated with roundels of yellow and red enamel. Both in the casting and the enamelling, this object would require considerable technical skill and is characteristic of the 1st – 2nd centuries AD. An object like this would have been part of a larger suite used to decorate […]

Viking king discovered?

East Lothian skeleton may be 10th Century Irish Viking king A skeleton discovered on an archaeological dig in East Lothian may be a 10th Century Irish Viking who was king of Dublin and Northumbria. King Olaf Guthfrithsson [Óláfr Guðfriðarson][Ánláf] led raids on Auldhame and nearby Tyninghame shortly before his death in 941. The remains excavated […]

Leiston Abbey and ‘Black Shuck”

  Are these the remains of the legendary beast known as Black Shuck? Since the middle-ages, legend has spread of a fearful beast once said to stalk the region’s [East Anglia's] countryside and coastline. Despite tales of a fiery-eyed monster showing up in graveyards, forests and roadsides – and an account of claw marks appearing […]

Worsley Man

Groundbreaking scan reveals evidence of ritual human sacrifice…in Salford Scientists and archaeologists at the University of Manchester  have uncovered evidence that our ancestors carried out ritual human sacrifice … in Salford. TheShow More Summary

Anglesey tomb excavation

Anglesey: Mysterious artefact discovered at Neolithic tomb Find at  Perthi Duon excavation site near Brynsiencyn could prove existence of a British Copper Age says archaeology expert The discovery of a mysterious copper artefact at a Neolithic tomb on Anglesey could help to answer one of  archaeology’s burning questions. Dr George Nash, who led the excavation […]

Silver Viking pendant

Old news, but new exhibition. This pendant, found in 2002, has been on loan to the National Museum, Copenhagen for their Viking exhibition last year. It has since been returned to be one of the many exhibits in the Vikings: Life and Legend exhibition which opened at the British Museum in March this year. It […]

Anglo-Saxon royal site?

Archaeologists’ excitement at discovery of ‘exceptional’ royal site linked to Sutton Hoo Fields on a Suffolk farm have yielded small but hugely significant finds which have led archaeologists to believe they have found a royal home and one of the most important settlements in Anglo-Saxon East Anglia. A series of archaeological investigations over the past […]

Iron Age

Chiseldon village’s replica Iron Age cauldron unveiled A full-size replica of an Iron Age cauldron found in a Wiltshire field as part of “the biggest Iron Age find to date” has been unveiled. The large cauldron is one of 17 found by a metal detector enthusiast near the village of Chiseldon in 2004.  The cauldrons, […]

A20 Anglo-Saxon garnet brooches

Sheperdswell metal detector Greg Sweetman finds valuable Anglo-Saxon artefacts next to A20 near Maidstone A rare collection of Saxon artefacts has been found by a man from east Kent. The Anglo-Saxon findings could be part of a grave date back to the sixth century and are said to be worth more than £40,000. Two Saxon […]

Early Anglo-Saxon burials, Haddenham, Cambridgeshire

 Shield-wearing [?!] skeleton, necklace and grave goods found in early Saxon inhumations The discovery of nine bodies in Cambridgeshire could reveal much about the little-known early Saxon period. An early Saxon man who fell on his shield [?!] has been found buried with a knife and spear alongside a jewellery-clad woman during a dig on […]

Reinterpretation of a Viking metal rod

A Viking metal rod which left experts baffled for more than a century has finally been identified as a ‘magic wand’ used by a witch [O.N. volva or Icelandic völva] to cast spells. The staff, which was found in a ninth-century grave, is curved at the end – causing it to be misidentified as a […]

St Piran’s Oratory, Cornwall

 Excavation begins to uncover St Piran’s Oratory Followers of Cornwall’s favourite saint will be donning their boots and raising their shovels next week as the operation to unearth  St Piran’s Oratory from the dunes gets under way. The week-long project, to be carried out by a team of volunteers led by archaeologists, is the culmination […]

“Beachy Head Lady”

 Centuries old Beachy Head Lady’s face revealed An exhibition exploring the origins of ancient skeletons in Sussex, including a woman from sub-Saharan Africa buried in Roman times, has opened. The face of the so-called Beachy Head Lady was recreated using craniofacial reconstruction.  Eastbourne Borough Council‘s museum service was awarded a grant of £72,000 by the […]

Insular mount from Viking grave

Looted Viking treasure is discovered in British Museum store: Curator spots 1,000-year-old brooch in lump taken from 18th century excavation A Celtic treasure looted by the Vikings more than 1,000 years ago has been discovered in the British Museum’s storerooms. An ornate, gilded disc brooch dating from the eighth or ninth century was found by […]

The Digitised Diseases website

  Online in 3D: the ‘grotesque beauty’ of medieval Britons’ diseased bones Digitised Diseases site makes 1,600 specimens available for doctors and members of the public to study for free The bones of a young woman who died of  syphilis more than 500 years ago, the reassembled jaw of a man whose corpse was sold […]

Inscribed stone found at West Down, Devon

Ancient Celtic stone unveiled in Barnstaple Museum A ‘CELTIC’ stone which is thought to be more than 1,200 years old has been unveiled in Barnstaple Museum. The stone, which bears the inscription of the name ‘Guerngen’ [GUERNGENI - of Gwerngen] is one of only two that have been discovered in the whole of North Devon. […]

Lincoln Castle skeleton

Archaeologists find holy bones and Saxon coffin in wall niche during Lincoln Castle dig Experts say a shoe-wearing skeleton, found as part of an excavation on a church beneath Lincoln Castle dating back at least 1,000 years, should reveal much about the Saxon city ahead of radiocarbon dating on its hidden coffin The bones of […]

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