Friday, 15 March 2013

Dig to reveal history of Northampton’s castle

The remains of a medieval castle have been discovered on the site of Northampton's new railway station [Credit: BBC]

Archaeological work to unearth the remains of Northampton’s medieval castle will begin later this month.

Work is due to start at the town’s railway station on Monday March 25, ahead of the development of a £20 million new station building.

Test pits dug last year found a range of remains dating back to the Medieval and Saxon period, including a 12th century wall and a Saxon brooch.

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Remains of Medieval knight found under car park

An elaborately decorated sandstone slab with the telltale markings of a member of the nobility [Credit: Scotsman]

The remains of a medieval knight have been discovered underneath a car park that is being demolished at a city-centre building site.

The skeleton was found in Edinburgh’s Old Town after archaeologists uncovered the corner of an elaborately decorated sandstone slab bearing markings of a member of the nobility – the carvings of the Calvary Cross and an ornate sword.

An excavation of the immediate area uncovered the adult skeleton, which archaeologists said is likely to have once occupied the nearby grave.

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Friday, 8 March 2013

Cardigan Castle: Steel supports removal in £11m work

Work has begun in Cardigan to remove the steel framework that has supported the castle walls for almost 40 years.
Yellow steel beams which have propped up the crumbling walls since 1975 are being taken away in an £11m renovation.
After months of work to strengthen and re-point the stone walls, the first piece of steelwork was cut away and removed by a crane on Friday.
A crowd of around 200 people gathered to watch the spectacle, which closed the main road for about 15 minutes.
The mayor of Cardigan, Catrin Miles, lit the oxyacetylene torch to begin the task of cutting down one of the steel supports.

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Sunday, 3 March 2013

King's 'lionheart' gets a forensic exam

They called him Lionheart — a name that has become the epitome of courage in battle. More than eight centuries after the death of King Richard I of England, forensic scientists have now revealed the secrets of his most feted organ.
Richard was a warrior king who fought against the Muslim sultan Saladin during the third Crusade in the twelfth century. But domestic difficulties were waiting when he returned to Europe, and he spent the last years of his life trying to suppress revolt in his French territories.
On 25 March 1199, while laying siege to the castle of Châlus-Chabrol in the Limousin region, he was pierced in the left shoulder by an enemy crossbow bolt. Richard I died 12 days later, probably from infection in the wound.

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