Friday, 28 June 2013

Win one of 5 pairs of tickets to the new Mary Rose Museum!

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is giving away 5 pairs of adult tickets to the new Mary Rose Museum, with unlimited entry for one year.

The exciting, new £27 million Mary Rose Museum opened its doors to visitors on Friday 31st May 2013. Located just metres from Nelson’s flagship, HMS Victory and the ships of the modern Royal Navy, the new museum provides one of the most significant insights into Tudor life in the world and creates the new centrepiece to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
The Tudor ship that captured the world’s imagination when she was raised from the seabed in 1982 is the only sixteenth century warship on display anywhere in the world and the brand new Museum built around her reunites her with many of her 19,000 artefacts and crew.
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Monday, 24 June 2013

Sauvons le Pont des Trous de la destruction!

Le pont des Trous de Tournai est l'un des plus prestigieux vestiges de l'architecture militaire médiévale de Belgique. Il faisait partie de la troisième enceinte de Tournai, appelée seconde enceinte communale, et défendait le cours de l'Escaut dans sa traversée de la ville! La mise à gabarit de le traversée fluviale de Tournai avance et les dernières informations vont dans le sens d'une destruction de l'ouvrage.

Une pétition a également été lancée par l'association "Les Amis de la Citadelle" pour protester contre une destruction programmée - URL :

Une résumé du dossier est également accessible sur :

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Thursday, 20 June 2013

Meet the Mary Rose archer

The reconstructed face of the Mary Rose archer.
An interdisciplinary team of scientists have reconstructed the face of a Tudor archer, almost 500 years after he drowned aboard Henry VIII’s flagship, the Mary Rose.
Some 92 skeletons were recovered when the wreck was raised in 1983 (CA 272). Since then, researchers at Swansea University have used cutting-edge motion-capture technology and computer modelling to identify which of these showed signs of repetitive stress injuries to suggest that they had been part of the elite company of longbowmen described in historical accounts of the ship’s crew (CA 276).
The researchers hope to identify what proportion of the crew might have been archers, however there is one skeleton, already identified as an archer, of particular interest.. Analysis of his skeleton suggests that he stood 6’ tall, well above average for the period – though a strong build would have been essential in order to use the powerful 16th-century longbow, which had draw weights of up to 90kgf – while high-status artefacts found on his person, including an ivory wrist guard, a pewter plate and a silver ring, could hint that he held a high rank in the company.
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Ancient Toilet Reveals Parasites in Crusader Poop

Waste from this ancient toilet in Paphos contains traces of common parasites.
CREDIT: Anastasiou and Mitchell, International Journal of Paleopathology, 

Researchers from the University of Cambridge dug into the pit of dried-out waste under a latrine in the remains of Saranda Kolones (Greek for "Forty Columns") at Paphos, a city at the southwestern tip of Cyprus and a UNESCO World Heritage site. [Through the Years: A Gallery of the World's Toilets]

Overlooking Paphos harbor, and next to a complex of Roman villas with remarkably intact floor mosaics, Saranda Kolones was long thought to be a temple because of the granite columns that littered its ruins. But excavations in the 1950s revealed that it was actually a short-lived concentric castle.

English King Richard the Lionheart sold the island of Cyprus to the Frankish crusader Guy de Lusignan in May 1192. Archaeologists believe the Franks built Saranda Kolones to defend Paphos harbor soon after their occupation of the island began. But in 1222, the city was rocked by a powerful earthquake thought to be at least 7.0 in magnitude. Much of the fortress was left in ruins, never to be rebuilt, but the latrines on its lower floors survived.

These toilets were carved to fit the human form, with a half moon-shaped hole in the seat leading to a sewer below. Cambridge researchers Evilena Anastasiou and Piers Mitchell, who study ancient parasites, collected samples from one of those cesspools, rehydrated the waste and strained it through a micro-sieve to catch parasite eggs, each smaller than a tenth of a millimeter.

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Monday, 10 June 2013

Medieval burial site unearthed at Clare Castle

Human remains have been found during an archaeological dig in Clare Castle Country Park, revealing the location of a Christian burial site previously unknown to historians.

Medieval burial site unearthed at Clare Castle
Image of the graves in Trench B, with the foot bones of the northerly inhumation visible in the section of the right-hand grave [Credit: Access Cambridge Archaeology]
The three sets of remains were found during a nine-day dig led by a team of ten archaeologists from Access Cambridge Archaeology (ACA).

The dig, which saw four trenches excavated at different locations within the grounds of Clare Castle, was part of the Managing a Masterpiece project, which aims to find out more about the history of the Stour Valley landscape and discover how traditional land management has shaped it.

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Sunday, 2 June 2013


In advance of the creation of an artisan centre in the federated districts of Bléré-Val-de-Cher, central France, archaeologists have been excavating Neolithic, Antique and Medieval remains. Among the Medieval remains, a well preserved underground refuge chamber was discovered, representing a rare archaeological find.

Refuge of a local elite?

The entrance to the underground refuge was hidden under the floor of a small building on stilts.
The discovery of a ceramic cooking pot in the infill of the underground chamber allows it to be dated to the end of the 11th century. At this time, the Counts of Anjou and Blois were quarrelling over the possession of the Touraine region, where there was a large network of military installations.
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Living relatives of Mary Rose crew may be identified through DNA

Human remains found on board the Mary Rose are starting to reveal their secrets after nearly 500 years on the sea bed.

Relatives of Mary Rose crew may be identified through DNA

They spent nearly 500 years in a watery grave with no record of who they were, but now the crew of the Mary Rose, Henry VIII’s ill fated flagship, could finally be identified.
Scientists have begun work to extract DNA from the bones that were found on board the Tudor warship when it was raised from the bottom of The Solent 30 years ago.
They hope to use the genetic information to identify the men who perished on the vessel when it sank and perhaps even trace their living relatives.
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