Monday, 15 October 2012

Modern neutron techniques analyse Tudor firepower on the Mary Rose

Scientists and archeologists at the University of Huddersfield harness modern technology to learn about the weapons and ammunition on board Tudor battleship Mary Rose, dramatically raised back to the surface 30 years ago

THIRTY years ago – on  11 October 1982 –  the Tudor warship  Mary Rose was dramatically raised to the surface,  more than four centuries after she sank accidentally during an engagement with the French fleet in 1545.  But after three  decades of research into the ship and its contents,  there is still much that can be learned,  especially by the application of new technology,  and this is exactly what is happening at the University of Huddersfield, in collaboration with The Mary Rose Trust.

The University is home both to the International Institute for Accelerator Applications and an Arms and Armour Research Group. Their combined expertise is leading to new discoveries about the weaponry and ammunition on board the Henry VIII’s flagship.

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New excavations begin at Urvich fortress

Archaeologists began new excavations at the medieval Urvich fortress 20km from Bulgaria’s capital city Sofia at the beginning of October 2012, with the first finds including silver rings, earrings and bronze and iron personal items, Bulgarian archaeology professor Nikolai Ovcharov said.

Urvich fortress is near the banks of the Iskar River in the Pancharevo area close to the road from Sofia to Samokov.

The fortress is estimated to date from the 13th century CE, during the time of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom.

Ovcharov told a news conference that work was to begin at a large necropolis near the fortress and the monastery.

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Thursday, 11 October 2012

Archaeology Summer Courses in Oxford

The Oxford Experience, Christ Church, Oxford

The Oxford Experience summer school offers one-week introductory classes in the humanities and sciences, including a number of archaeology courses.

You can find details of the Oxford Experience summer school here...

You can find a list of the archaeology courses here...

Friday, 5 October 2012

The Greyfriars Project

The University of Leicester and Leicester City Council, in association with the Richard III Society, have joined forces to search for the mortal remains of King Richard III. 
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On Saturday 25 August 2012 – five hundred years after King Richard III was buried in Leicester - the historic archaeological project began with the aim of discovering whether Britain’s last Plantagenet King lies buried in Leicester City Centre.

The project represents the first ever search for the lost grave of an anointed King of England.
In 1485 King Richard III was defeated at the battle of Bosworth. His body, stripped and despoiled, was brought to Leicester where he was buried in the church of the Franciscan Friary, known as the Greyfriars. Over time the exact whereabouts of the Greyfriars became lost.

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Thursday, 4 October 2012

Oxford Experience on Facebook

The Oxford Experience - an Oxford University summer school that offers many courses in archaeology and history - now has a Facebook site.

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Conservation work suggested for Lochindorb Castle

The ruined stronghold of a notorious 14th Century lord who was known as the Wolf of Badenoch could be in line for conservation work.

From Lochindorb Castle in the Highlands, Alexander Stewart and his forces made a raid across Moray and destroyed Elgin Cathedral in 1390.

A scheduled ancient monument, the fortification was built on a small island on a loch.
A wind farm developer said it could fund work to the castle's walls.

Infinergy has proposed constructing a 17-turbine wind farm at Tom nan Clach, near Tomatin, seven miles (11.2km) away from the castle.

The project is a joint venture with Cawdor Estates, which owns Lochindorb.

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War of the Roses experts hope to commission historic hunt for location of Battle of Barnet

Local historian Mike Noronha (right) inspects a model renactment of the Battle of Barnet

A medieval battle that took place in Barnet more than 500 years ago could hold the key to saving the economic prosperity of the modern borough. 

Historians are hunting for the exact location of the Battle of Barnet, a significant clash during the War of the Roses that shaped the country, and the borough, as it is known today. 

Its discovery, say trustees at the Barnet Museum, could put the area on the map in terms of historical interest and reinvigorate its dwindling high streets. 

The project is being commissioned by War of the Roses experts at the University of Huddersfield but digging will not commence unless money can be provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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