Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Pembroke Castle study uncovers possible Henry VII birthplace

Researchers believe they might have uncovered the location of Henry VII's birthplace at Pembroke Castle.
Aerial photographs from 2013 gave glimpses of what lay beneath the surface, with parch marks revealing possible buildings.
geophysical survey has now confirmed the outline of a late-medieval building in the outer ward, where the king could have been born.
Neil Ludlow, consultant archaeologist, said it shone new light on the castle.
Much of the interior of the castle, which dates from the 11th Century, was destroyed after the Middle Ages.

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Friday, 1 April 2016

Fouilles avant restauration : archéologie au château de Clisson

Un mur d’enceinte primitif et une galerie voûtée : tels sont quelques-uns des vestiges médiévaux et modernes mis au jour par les archéologues de l’Inrap au niveau de la terrasse nord-est du château de Clisson, un site classé monument historique à la confluence de la Sèvre et de la Moine. Ces découvertes apportent de nouvelles connaissances sur l’histoire du château et l’évolution de son front défensif nord. L’opération, prescrite par l’État (Drac des Pays de la Loire), s’inscrit dans le cadre de travaux de restauration menés par le Département de Loire-Atlantique. Propriétaire du site, le Département apporte une attention particulière à l’étude archéologique et à la restauration de son patrimoine dont il est responsable. Ces recherches répondent à des enjeux de conservation, de restauration, d'étude scientifique et de restitution des résultats auprès du public.

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Monday, 1 February 2016

New Website for the Bayeux Tapestry

As this year is the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings, Archaeology in Europe has created a new website featuring the Bayeux Tapestry.

The Website gives details of the history of the Tapestry and provides detailed images of the entire tapestry.

There is also a section on the Battle of Hastings and the recent work by Time Team to locate the battle site.

You may also be interested in the EMAS Archaeological Site Tour: “Landscape of the Bayeux Tapestry

Monday, 18 January 2016

EMAS Archaeology Study Tour: Landscape of the Bayeux Tapestry

Landscape of the Bayeux Tapestry

21 - 28 May 2016

2016 will be the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. The famous Bayeux Tapestry that depicts this battle also presents a map of the events that led up to Hastings.

This study tour will follow the route of this map, starting at Westminster and following Harold’s progression through Normandy, and then on to the arrival of William’s forces at Pevensey and finally to Battle, where we will look at the evidence for the suggested new location for the Battle of Hastings.

Full details of this study tour can be found here...

N.B. In order to be certain of a place you need to apply by 1 February 2016  at the latest.

Saturday, 9 January 2016

Castles of North Wales

EMAS Easter Study Tour: Castles of North Wales
Guide: David Beard MA, FSA, FSA (Scot)
24 - 30 March 2016

There are still a few places left on this study tour, but final reservations for the hotel must be made by 18 January. 

So if you are interested, please contact EMAS straight away.

You can find details of the study tour here…

Monday, 14 December 2015

Norman castle remains found under Gloucester prison

The remains of a Norman castle similar to the Tower of London have been found buried under the court of a disused prison. 

The remains of a medieval keep have been discovered under the exercise yard and  basketball court of Gloucester Prison. Archaeologists say the keep, which had  walls up to 12 feet wide and measured around 100 feet in length, would  have resembled the Tower of London
[Credit: Andrew Higgins/SWINS] 

The old walls of the keep, dating back to 1110, were unearthed by archaeologists investigating the site in the centre of Gloucester before it is redeveloped. 

The castle was the first in Gloucester to be built of stone and housed three chapels, two drawbridges and a royal chamber for both the King and Queen. 

Neil Holbrook, chief executive of Cotswold Archaeology, said: "I am surprised by what we found.

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Thursday, 12 November 2015

Explore 4,500 British Museum artifacts with Google's help

The British Museum in London holds an array of beautiful and historically significant artifacts including the Rosetta Stone, which helped historians to understand the ancient hieroglyphics used in Egypt. Today, the organisation is teaming up with Google to bring its various collections online as part of the Google Cultural Institute. The search giant has been developing this resource for years by continually visiting and archiving exhibits around the world. With the British Museum, an extra 4,500 objects and artworks are being added to its collection, complete with detailed photos and descriptions.
The most important addition is arguably the Admonitions Scroll, a Chinese text which dates back to the 6th-century. The piece is incredibly fragile, so it's only visible in the museum for a few months each year. Through the Cultural Institute, you can take a peek whenever you like -- and because it's been captured at "gigapixel" resolution you can zoom in to see some extraordinary details. All of the objects are searchable on Google's site, along with a couple of curated collections about ancient Egypt and Celtic life in the British Iron Age.
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