The Archaeology and Metal Detecting Magazine

Archaeologists find secret treasures on Ayr High Street as demolition work reveals part of town’s past

by Dave Sadler
Secret treasures from the Auld Toun are emerging from the deep. As diggers clear the old Woolworths site at the bottom of Ayr High Street archaeologists are…

How the people of Wales became Welsh

by Dave Sadler
Britain in the early Middle Ages was very different to the country it is now. Rather than England, Scotland and Wales, the island consisted of numerous kingdoms, the fate and fortune of which fluctuated, as some kings gained lordship over others, some smaller kingdoms were swallowed by their larger…

Where’s the best place to look for buried treasure?

by Dave Sadler
It's something every child dreams of - and every metal detectorist too - finding buried treasure. Nearly 1.3 million archaeological finds have been unearthed in England and Wales over the past 20 years. This summer, Derek McLennan was given £1.98 million for…

Armada portrait of Elizabeth I returns after ‘spectacular’ restoration

by Dave Sadler
One of the most recognisable portraits in British history is returning to public view transformed after a six-month restoration project to remove centuries of retouching, grime and varnish. The Armada portrait of Elizabeth…

What Europe’s most ancient battlefield reveals

by Dave Sadler
The Gross Raden Archaeological Open Air Museum is presenting an exhibition featuring archaeological artifacts from the Bronze Age, many of them found on the site of a battle which took place in the Tollense Valley, in the northeast of Germany. DW met with Detlef Jantzen,…

Gold coin sheds new light on 5th-century Swedish island massacre

by Dave Sadler
The discovery of gold rings and coins on a Swedish island sheds new light on the history of the area, and could give insight into the motives for a massacre which took place in the fifth century, archaeologists told The Local on Wednesday.…

New study finds ‘staying longer at home’ was key to stone age technology change 60,000 years ago

by Dave Sadler
A new study by scientists at the University of the Witwatersrand suggests that at about 58,000 years ago, Stone Age humans began to settle down, staying in one area…

WHO WAS RASPUTIN?

by Dave Sadler
Gregory Efimovich Rasputin came from solid peasant stock, but drunkenness, stealing and womanising were activities particularly enjoyed by the dissolute young man. Rasputin became fascinated by a renegade sect within the Russian Orthodox faith, who believed that the only way to reach God was through sinful actions. Soon,…

The unique and fascinating history of the Irish Funeral

by Dave Sadler
PODCAST: Hear about the origins of the Irish Wake, the ancient practice of keening and rural funeral ‘games’. The modern Irish funeral traces its history from the neolithic to the present. This programme investigates the mysterious intentions of ancient…

Prehistoric settlement dating back 12, 000 years found in Vavuniya

by Dave Sadler
Evidence pointing to the existence of human settlements dating back 12, 000 years has been unearthed from the Kongramkulam Village in Settikulam, Vavuniya. The village is in a remote and difficult to reach area in Settikulam. The…
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