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St John the Baptist Church in Reedham may be Roman fortlet

A Norfolk church may have begun life as a Roman fortlet protecting supplies on their way to Hadrian’s Wall. Trevor Heaton hears how ‘keyhole archaeology’ is solving the riddle of Reedham. Sometimes things can hide in plain sight. But that doesn’t it make any easier to tell their story. For centuries, researchers and historians have […]

Vindolanda boxing gloves

“Now, whoever has courage and a strong and collected spirit in his breast, let him come forward, lace on the gloves and put up his hands. (5.363-364) ? Virgil, The Aeneid Roman boxing gloves unearthed during an excavation near Hadrian’s Wall have gone on public display.  Experts at Vindolanda, near Hexham, in Northumberland, believe they are “probably the […]

Bamburgh Castle find

Bamburgh dig uncovers unique find The continued archaeological investigation of Bamburgh Castle, once the palace site of the early medieval kings of Northumbria, has revealed a marvellous new find of national significance. The copper alloy fragment is small, 23mm by 12mm, but beautifully decorated with an intricate zoomorphic representation of a bird, characteristic of […]

Anglo-Saxon cemetery discovered in Norfolk

ARCHAEOLOGISTS FROM MOLA HAVE UNCOVERED AN IMPORTANT ANGLO-SAXON CEMETERY IN AN EXCAVATION FUNDED BY HISTORIC ENGLAND IN ADVANCE OF A CONSERVATION AND FISHING LAKE AND FLOOD DEFENCE SYSTEM AT WENSUM VIEW IN NORFOLK. The waterlogged conditions of the river valley led to the remarkable preservation of burials that are extremely rare in the archaeological record, […]

Anglo-Saxon finds in Louth area

Treasure over 1,500 years old found near Louth Anglo-Saxon treasure dating back more than 1,500 years has been dug up in a Louth-area field from a burial mound. Two bronze bowls, a gold pendant and iron weapons including a spearhead, two arrowheads and fragments of a sword were found in a field by Alan Smith, […]

Lindisfarne monastery

Evidence found by amateur archaeologist An amateur archaeologist has unearthed what is believed to be evidence of one of England’s earliest Christian monasteries in a dig on Lindisfarne. The rare grave marker, thought to be from the mid 7th-8th Century, has been described as a “stunning find”. A £25,000 project off the north-east coast was […]

Anglo-Saxon cross fragments, Louth

   Anglo-Saxon cross fragments found in Louth rectory garden Fragments from a 10th Century Anglo-Saxon stone cross have been discovered in a Lincolnshire rectory garden. One stone was discovered during maintenance work at St James’ Church rectory in Louth, while church verger Christopher Marshall found the second. Historians said the stones are proof that Louth was […]

Viking coins from Dublin found in Wales

Hoard of Viking coins unearthed in field and dating back 1,000 years declared treasure One of the Viking Sihtric Anlafsson long cross pennies from Dublin © National Museum Wales   A hoard of historic Viking treasure found in a field has been declared treasure. The haul, which includes ancient ingots and fragments of coins dating […]

Stolen Anglo-Saxon stone sculpture

Appeal following theft of unique Anglo-Saxon stone sculpture Police are appealing for information after a unique stone artefact was stolen from a church in Hovingham, near Malton. Some time between 23 May and 6 June 2015, offenders entered All Saints Church in Hovingham and stole a carved stone which was on display in the recess […]

Anglo-Saxon butter churn lid

Saxon artefacts discovered in Stafford during construction of WCML improvement project Archaeologists have discovered an Anglo-Saxon wooden butter churn lid at a rail development near Stafford.  But radiocarbon tests have revealed the lid of the butter churn dates from the early medieval period. The tests have put a fragment of wood found with the lid […]

Radcliffe Tower

Medieval past uncovered as new excavation begins at Radcliffe Tower WORK began this week to discover more about Radcliffe Hall and Tower’s medieval past. Radcliffe Tower The Close Park dig is being run by archaeologists from the University of Salford, who initially excavated the site in October 2013, and has so far attracted almost 100 volunteers. The team […]

St James Church in Jacobstowe, Devon

Historic Devon church find ‘as rare as hens’ teeth’ The remains of an ancient structure described as being “as rare as hens’ teeth” has been uncovered under the floor of a Devon church. Excavations at St James Church in Jacobstowe have unearthed the ruins of what is believed to be the building’s original foundations, complete with […]

Anglo-Saxon pendant, South Norfolk

A stunning gold and jewel Anglo-Saxon pendant has been uncovered in a Norfolk field in one of the most spectacular archaeological discoveries for years, it can be revealed today.   In her role as one of the experts in Channel 4’s long-running Time Team series, Dr Helen Geake saw many exciting finds come to the […]

Anglo-Saxon sculpture

Museum of Somerset in Taunton buys £150,000 Anglo-Saxon sculpture MUSEUM visitors will be able to inspect a unique Anglo-Saxon sculpture that had been used as a tombstone on a cat’s grave. A builder had the artefact in his garden at Dowlish Wake, near Ilminster, until it was realised how important it was. It has now […]

Anglo-Saxon stone and Roman sarcophagus

Gardener unearths Anglo-Saxon carving in job lot of rockery stone Looking for some natural stone for a rockery in his garden, John Wyatt thought he had found a bargain when he saw a job lot advertised for £50. He was more right than he knew. For when he took the ton and a half of […]

Viking hoard Dumfries and Galloway

 Spectacular Viking treasure hoard found on Church land A hoard of Viking treasure described as the largest found in modern times has been discovered on land owned by the Church of Scotland. The historically significant find was made by Derek McLennan, a committed metal detector enthusiast who has been searching around the area in Dumfries […]

Housesteads latrines

Housesteads Roman Fort is tops for historic Roman toilets says English Heritage Reconstruction drawing of the interior of the latrines at Housesteads Roman Fort on Hadrian’s Wall The loo legacy left by the Romans has made Northumberland tops when it comes to historic toilets. English Heritage has awarded the number one spot to Housesteads Roman […]

Lyminge excavation

My Photos Tayne Field 2014 excavation. Lyminge Archaeological Project Archaeologists from the University of Reading, along with local volunteers, archaeological societies and university students have working here each summer until 2014 to uncover Lyminge’s Anglo-Saxon past.

Colchester Roman jewellery

Colchester: Roman find of ‘national importance’ discovered under Williams & Griffin store Roman jewellery uncovered during the renovation of a Colchester department store is thought to be one of the finest ever finds in Britain and has been described as “of national importance”. The treasure was discovered as part of excavations by the Colchester Archaeological […]

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

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