Friday, 14 January 2011

Your Favourite Archaeological Sites in Europe

Which sites in Europe have you most enjoyed visiting? A new Archaeology in Europe website allows you to post descriptions and photos of archaeological sites that you have visited, and to give ratings and comments for sites that are already in the database.

The site is very much in its infancy at the moment, and I would welcome contributions and feedback. It is envisaged that the site will grow into a useful source of up to date information for those planning to visit sites in Europe.

You can find the site at:

The site runs on Phile – a brilliant application developed by Mike Schiff and Sho Kuwamoto. Phile can be best described as a combination of an online database and a social network site, and it allows people with similar interests to share much more detailed information than the usual social network sites.

I am sure that Phile has tremendous potential for archaeological societies, fieldwork studies and other work groups. Take a look at

Thursday, 13 January 2011

HLF confirms Sandsfoot Castle funding

Efforts to restore Sandsfoot Castle near Weymouth, Dorset, have been handed a boost after receiving £194,700 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council (WPBC) and the Friends of Rodwell Trail and Sandsfoot Garden are working on the scheme to preserve the historic structure.

The HLF grant will be used to repair the castle and to provide a new walk platform around the interior walls to enable public access for the first time in years.

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Tower of London calls in team of scientists to investigate mysterious Medieval wall painting

The Tower of London has allowed scientists to use eye-scanning software and infrared laser technology on a mystery Medieval wall painting which has baffled curators at the royal landmark.

A team led by Nottingham Trent University’s Dr Haida Liang used a portable Optical Coherence Tomographer, which allows them to see layers beneath the surface of paintings, and multispectral scanning – known as PRISMS – to investigate areas of the 14th century Byward Tower wall painting.

“This is an incredibly rare Medieval wall painting of extremely high quality,” said Building Curator Jane Spooner.

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Welsh castles 'more popular than Buckingham Palace'

Premier League, Scotland and Stonehenge rate highly in poll of potential overseas visitors

They are more than 700 years old, and built to pacify the unruly – but the castles of Wales could soon be letting down the drawbridge for thousands of foreign tourists, particularly from Poland, Russia, Italy and Germany if a poll of more than 10,000 potential overseas visitors proves correct.

A combination of Prince William being based in north Wales and what may be an untapped market for the remains of Edward I's "iron ring" of fortresses is raising prospects of a tourist invasion in an area that currently attracts only a miniscule proportion of visitors to the UK.

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Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Chirk Castle's medieval guards appeal

It may be 700 years since the last major recruitment drive but custodians of a castle near Wrexham are looking for medieval soldiers.

Chirk Castle keepers have appealed for more volunteers to swell the ranks of guards who dress up to greet visitors.

Joanne Jones, a visitors' manager, said: "We're looking for enthusiastic people who have a love of history."

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