Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Ancient bones under Lewes school may be warrior



Monks from Lewes Priory may have treated the medieval warriorMonks from Lewes Priory may have treated the medieval warrior
Mysterious bones found under a school could belong to a medieval warrior who died in battle.
Archaeologists believe the skeleton could belong to a soldier who fell during the Battle of Lewes in 1264.
Now the ancient remains have been sent to experts at the University of York who will attempt to solve the puzzle.

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Friday, 26 April 2013

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7 more skeletons found near Old Town knight grave


One of the skeletons. Picture: Contributed


A CITY car park has been hailed a “real treasure trove of archaeology” after seven more skeletons were unearthed from the grave of a medieval knight.
Archaeologists working on the site now believe they have uncovered the remains of a family crypt having found bones from three fully grown adults, four infants and a skull.
The exciting discovery comes one month after experts ­excavated the burial site of a medieval knight – affectionately christened Sir Eck – within the grounds of the new Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) at High School Yards, off Infirmary Street.
Carvings of the Calvary Cross on an elaborate sandstone tomb and an ornate sword found beside the remains led archaeologists to believe it was the burial plot of a high-status individual such as a knight or nobleman.

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More skeletons found near grave of medieval knight



A city car park has been hailed a “real treasure trove of archaeology” after seven more skeletons were unearthed from the grave of a medieval knight.
More skeletons found near grave of medieval knight
Two of the skeletons unearthed from the grave of a medieval knoght
discovered under a car park in Edinburgh [Credit: Scotsman]
Archaeologists working on the site now believe they have uncovered the remains of a family crypt having found bones from three fully grown adults, four infants and a skull.

The exciting discovery comes one month after experts ­excavated the burial site of a medieval knight – affectionately christened Sir Eck – within the grounds of the new Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) at High School Yards, off Infirmary Street.


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Sunday, 21 April 2013

The Battle of Fulford: War breaks out over 'forgotten' Yorkshire battlefield



Local historians say it's the site of the curtain-raiser to Hastings in 1066. The council wants to build hundreds of houses on it



Combatants are squaring up to do battle over the fate of a Yorkshire field more than 1,000 years after they say an earlier battle was fought there that helped to change the course of British history. Rival groups have issued a call to arms over the future of what some historians claim is the true site of the "forgotten" Battle of Fulford in September 1066. Local historians are fighting a rearguard action over developers' plans to build 600 homes on a field near York which they say is the site of the historic battle.

The Battle of Fulford is where an invading Viking army defeated an Anglo-Saxon force led by the northern earls, Edwin and Morcar. Historians say the battle is important because the defeat forced the Anglo-Saxon king, Harold Godwinson, to march his army north to fight and defeat the invaders at the Battle of Stamford Bridge five days later. Although victorious, Harold's forces suffered losses at Stamford Bridge and were exhausted after the march, and the campaign in the north diverted the king's attention away from the south coast, where William of Normandy launched his invasion.


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Thursday, 18 April 2013

Mary Rose reveals armour piercing cannonball secret




She was first raised from her underwater resting place more than 30 years ago and has been prized as an archaeological gem, but it appears the she still has some secrets to surrender.
A Mary Rose cannon ball showing a hole in the lead coating where the iron inclusion has oxidised and left a hollow in the centre of the cannon ball
Scientists studying Henry VIII’s naval flagship, which sank 468 years ago off the south coast of England in a battle with the French, are making new discoveries about the vessel that will change our understanding of history.
New finds will be among 19,000 artefacts going on show in a new £23 million museum, built around the skeleton of the vessel, due to open later this year.

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Friday, 12 April 2013

Unearthed Scots find gives insight into Battle of Flodden



Archaeologists have uncovered a new Scottish find which they hope will give greater insight into one of most important battles in British history.
The crown shaped livery badge
The crown shaped livery badge
A crown shaped livery badge, thought to have been worn by a soldier in the personal retinue of King James IV, was discovered by archaeologists during a survey of the site of the Battle of Flodden.
The badge, which is believed to have been buried for five centuries, is made of copper alloy and appears to have been snapped off a hat band. Its design includes the Fleur de Lys with jewels and diamonds, elements which were part of the Scottish crown in 1513.
The Battle of Flodden was a turning point in UK history and set the stage for the subsequent Union of the Crowns between Scotland and England.