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Mudlarkers dig up shards of London history

by Luke Higgins
The concrete stairs to the river were not designed for heavy traffic. No signpost directed visitors, the railings ended halfway down, and each individual step dropped steeply. I didn't care. Twenty centuries of London's trash waited to be found. My journey began years before when…

Historic fort walls discovered intact in Portlaoise hotel

by Dave Sadler
The first electronic survey of the 16th century garrison walls in Portlaoise has found it largely intact, with sections forming walls of many modern buildings and yards in the town centre. Portlaoise the capital town of county Laois was founded…

Why do we call Newcastle the Toon? How the answer is rooted in 1,500 years of history

by Dave Sadler
Why do we call Newcastle the Toon? The answer to the question may seem obvious: we call our town the Toon because that’s how Geordies pronounce the word. Continue reading - Why do we call Newcastle the Toon? How the…

You wait ages to find one hoard of gold coins…

by Luke Higgins
Article from back in 2010 detailing the incredible finds od Dave Crisp. For 22 years, Dave Crisp had tramped out every week with his metal detector slung across his shoulder in the hope of finding a hoard of buried treasure that he promised his wife he would one day bring…

A look back at some great Metal Detecting finds found in 2008

by Luke Higgins
2008 was a great year for significant treasure finds, Some made by Archaeologists and some by Detectorists. From Bronze axe heads to a hoard of Gold coins found in Israel and an Iron age gold collar found in the UK. To take a look back at the best…

Getting High in the Middle Ages: Hashish in Medieval Egypt

by Dave Sadler
In recent years, there has been a contentious debate on how should society deal with drugs like marijuana. Should it be legalized and accepted? What is the harm or benefits of these drugs? The same questions were being raised in medieval Egypt. Continue…

Medieval coins unearthed during community dig in Erpingham

by Dave Sadler
Medieval coins unearthed during a community dig in Erpingham at the weekend could help support a fundraising campaign to celebrate the village’s role in one of the country’s greatest military victories. Continue reading - Medieval coins unearthed…

Leonardo da Vinci ‘Relics’ Discovered That Can Potentially Provide His DNA

by Dave Sadler
Italian researchers say that they have found two “relics” belonging to Leonardo da Vinci, which may help in sourcing the DNA of the genius whose work typified the Renaissance. The mysterious relics were traced…

Sheffield archaeologists discover medieval priest in elaborate grave 700 years after his death

by Dave Sadler
The remains of a medieval priest who died 700 years ago today have been uncovered by Sheffield archaeologists in an elaborate grave. Archaeologists from the University of Sheffield…

Watching the real life detectorists

by Luke Higgins
                            Many archaeologists believe they are a vital part of their work, while some dismiss them as mere treasure hunters. Now a new code of conduct is recognising the role of metal detector enthusiasts…
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