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1,500 ancient skeletons unearthed in European mass graves

by Dave Sadler
Archaeologists in the Czech Republic have uncovered some 1,500 skeletons from 30 mass graves dating back to the 14 and 15th centuries, in what is being described as the largest discovery of its kind in central Europe. The graves, each filled with…

1,000-YEAR-OLD CHILD’S BRACELET WITH VIRGIN MARY STAMP FOUND AT MOMCHIL’S FORTRESS IN SOUTHERN BULGARIA

by Dave Sadler
A metal child’s bracelet from the 11th-12th century with a stamp depicting the Virgin Mary – or the Holy Mother of God, as she is known in Eastern Orthodox…

Video reveals finds made by volunteers during a community dig at Halton Castle

by Dave Sadler
THE mystery of two human skeletons found in the walls of Halton Castle deepens. The surprising discovery was made in 2015 during the first community dig at the ancient monument for more than 30 years. The remains,…

Skeleton found at cathedral dates back to the origins of Hereford

by Dave Sadler
A SKELETON discovered within the ground of Hereford Cathedral has been dated back to the origins of the city. Archaeological excavations were undertaken in connection with improvements to buildings and facilities in the College Cloisters…

Centuries-old arquebus ball found in Jersey

by Dave Sadler
A RARE arquebus ball, a projectile which was used from the 1400s to penetrate plate armour, has been found by a metal detectorist in a field in St Brelade The lead ball, which is over an inch wide, is believed to be one of the biggest and heaviest such shots ever found in…

Vikings set to invade Nottingham with two exhibits on the way

by Dave Sadler
Vikings are set to invade Nottingham this winter with two new exhibitions that will explore the city's Viking past and how it influences the area today. The two free exhibits coming to the city aim to show the influence the Scandinavian raiders had…

Archaeologists excavate 400 Iron Age houses in Denmark

by Dave Sadler
The town of Jelling in Denmark is a unique archaeological treasure trove, with sites such as Jelling Church, the Jelling runic Stone, and two large burial mounds. Now, archaeologists have excavated an entire Iron Age (early Medieval) village. “We have…

Viking squirrels may have brought leprosy to Britain, study finds

by Dave Sadler
Viking squirrels may have brought a plague of leprosy to Britain, according to a new study. Researchers believe the deadly and disfiguring disease, which was endemic in England for centuries, could have been carried across the North Sea…

Medieval Censorship, Nudity And The Revealing History Of The Fig Leaf

by Dave Sadler
How did we come to use fig leaves to cover naked figures in art? The tale of the fig leaf is part of the long history of censorship in art. Those who love Instagram know that there are strict guidelines about the parts of the body…

Scotland’s national dish is an ‘imposter’ and was invented by Vikings, claims master butcher

by Dave Sadler
Scotland’s famous national dish is an ‘imposter’ and has been faking it as native for centuries, says an award-winning butcher who has traced haggis and its recipe back…
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