Monday, 15 July 2013

Excavations at Yoros Castle to move to military zone

The only Byzantine castle in Istanbul, Yoros Castle, is once again hosting archaeological excavation teams this year. The team has asked to work in the lower castle part within the military area and is seeking permission from officials

Excavations that began in 2012 in Istanbul’s remaining Byzantine castle, Yoros, could soon continue in a restricted military zone pending approval from army officials. 

“The lower part of the castle is within the borders of the military area, and military housing complexes are there. We want to work in this military area because the castle should be handled as a whole,” said Professor Asnu Bilban Yalçın, who is heading an excavation team of 30 people in collaboration with the Culture and Tourism Ministry and Istanbul University. “The Yoros Castle has historic importance. I believe that we will find many things in the other part. We demand officials give permission for us to work there.”

Yalçın said excavations had started on July 1 this year and that they would work for two months within the castle, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. “We started working with an environmental cleaning. It has taken so long. Then we will start archaeological works.”

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Archaeological dig to hunt for castle origins

An archaeological dig is to take place in a Cornwall park this month in the hope of discovering more about the castle that once stood there.

Organised by the Caradon Hill Area Heritage Project, the five-day event in Castle Park, Liskeard, will run from July15-19.

Organisers hope the project could uncover hidden treasures such as Roman forts, Iron Age hill forts, or Bronze Age cairns.

Project officer Iain Rowe said preparations for the dig are well under way.
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Unique medieval harness found at Cork castle

The 13th-14th century leather harness, which went around a horse’s chest and was attached to the saddle, is covered in gilt, copper-alloy shields, and boasts heraldic symbols. 

It may have belonged to a medieval knight and is the only intact example ever found in Britain or Ireland. 

The treasure trove of artefacts includes scores of pieces uncovered around the castle at Caherduggan, near Doneraile, Co Cork. 

The finds were made by archaeological consultants commissioned by Cork County Council. 

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Sunday, 7 July 2013

Archaeologists find secret chamber at Drum Castle

Drum Castle, near Banchory, is the oldest intact building in the care of the National Trust for Scotland. Picture: Complimentary

ARCHAEOLOGISTS have discovered a secret medieval chamber and its ancient loo - hidden for centuries - during a conservation scheme to protect the oldest castle keep in Scotland.
The remarkable discovery has been made at the 700-year-old medieval tower at the National Trust for Scotland’s Drum Castle near Banchory
Drum Castle, the seat of the Chief of Clan Irvine for centuries, has the oldest keep in Scotland and is the oldest intact building in the care of the trust.
The trust is planning to bring in specialists to remove cement pointing on the ancient tower and replace it with traditional, breathable lime mortar to help preserve the historic keep.
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Friday, 5 July 2013

Dig seeks to establish age of Swedish castle

Archaeologists are working to establish the age of Kalmar Castle in southern Sweden, which has long been accepted to have been built in the 1100s but could be significantly older, or younger.
    "Recent excavations were made in the 1930s and 1940s. Back then they dug in a different way and they didn't have the same advanced dating methods as we have today," said Magnus Stibéus at the National Heritage Board (Riktsantikvarieämbetet).

    The archaeological dig has been facilitated by the renovation of kitchen and restaurant areas at the castle and will continue for three days, according to the local Barometern daily.

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    Tuesday, 2 July 2013

    Wartburg Castle: 1,000 years of German history

    As part of our tour of Germany's UNESCO World Heritage sites, we check out the beautiful 12th century Wartburg castle in Thuringia.
    Wartburg Castle, which is almost 1,000 years old, is one of Germany's most well-known and best preserved castles. According to legend, it was founded in 1067, and its history can be traced back to the times of the Landgraves of Thuringia. 

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    Monday, 1 July 2013

    Richard III team return to dig

    The University of Leicester team which uncovered the remains of King Richard III under a car park is to return to the historic site to begin work on a new dig.

    Archaeologists from the university want to extend their excavation to discover more about the Church of the Grey Friars where King Richard III was buried.

    The excavation team will also exhume a 600-year-old stone coffin that should contain a high status burial. It may be the remains of a medieval knight called Sir William Moton, who is believed to have been buried at the site in 1362 - over a century before King Richard III.

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