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Thursday, 26 April 2018

12th century castle moat unearthed during Newark sewer work

The moat uncovered during work by Severn Trent in Newark

A 12th century castle moat has been unearthed during work on a £60m project on Newark's serwers.

Archaeologists working as part of Severn Trent’s water and waste improvement scheme in the town made the discovery recently.

Severn Trent Programme Engineer Nick Wallace said: ‘It’s really exciting we’ve been able to reveal these glimpses of Newark’s hidden heritage during our work.

"We’re unveiling new information which adds to the already rich story of the development of this historic town.”

Severn Trent is working in Newark until 2020, and has a resident archaeologist on hand to oversee the work to make sure that the heritage remains undisturbed.

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Tuesday, 27 March 2018

St Albans Abbey 'one of England's early Norman cathedrals'

Remains of the original apse built in 1077 was unearthed during excavation work at 
St Albans Cathedral

St Albans Abbey has been confirmed as one of England's early Norman cathedrals after experts uncovered foundations of the early church.

Remains forming part of the early Norman abbey have been identified after foundations of the 11th Century church were revealed during excavation.

Site director Ross Lane said: "We knew it was probably there but this confirms it."

Other Norman cathedrals in the UK include Durham and Canterbury.

The Hertfordshire abbey is dedicated to Britain's first saint, St Alban - a citizen of Roman Verulamium - who was martyred by the Romans.

The first church at the site was probably a simple structure over St Alban's grave, making this the oldest site of continuous Christian worship in Britain.

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12th Century graffiti art uncovered as part of medieval discovery in Dublin's Coombe



A HOTEL DEVELOPMENT in Dublin halted production last October when the remains of what appeared to be 12th century Irish structures were discovered, including an example of graffiti art carved onto a piece of slate.

The Hodson Bay Hotel Group are developing a 234 room hotel at the site on Dean Street in The Coombe, to the west of the city centre.

Archaeologists from Aisling Collins Archaeology Services (ACAS) were called in and found evidence of nine structures that are believed to date from as early as the 1100s.

Five of the structures appear to be dwellings with smaller outhouses accompanying them that likely housed animals, the archaeologists say.

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Monday, 19 March 2018

Alchemy, flushing toilets and blood-letting: The secrets of medieval Oxford revealed

Exclusive: Investigators have found writing equipment, cutlery and even ceramic beer mugs used by students and teachers going back 800 years


Oxford’s medieval secrets: a panorama of the development site and excavations 
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Archaeologists have been unearthing the realities of daily life at Oxford University – as they were experienced some seven centuries ago.

In one of Britain’s largest-ever urban excavations, investigators have found the writing equipment, refectory cutlery and even ceramic beer mugs used by students and teachers back in the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries.

They’ve even been able to rediscover what Oxford’s medieval scholars were eating – a very wide range of food including beef, lamb, goose, salmon, trout and eggs.

For the first time for many centuries, archaeologists were able to see substantial parts of one of the university’s greatest medieval teaching institutions – a friary established by Franciscan friars in 1224.

It was of pivotal importance in the history of Oxford University.

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Major dig to begin at Carrickfergus Castle


A major archaeological excavation at the front of Carrickfergus Castle, County Antrim, will begin later.
The dig will inform the next phase of conservation and presentation at the historic site.
Carrickfergus Castle is one of Northern Ireland's best-known historic monuments.
It has been in state care since 1928, and is now managed by the Historic Environment Division of the Department for Communities (DfC).
It dates back to the 1170s and is one of the most complete examples of Norman architecture in Northern Ireland, and one of the most complete castles of its type on the British Isles.
The excavation will investigate the ground at the entrance to the castle, where earlier investigations revealed buried structures and artefacts.

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Thursday, 1 March 2018

Remains of Welshpool's medieval castle excavated


Archaeologists have resumed a dig at Welshpool's medieval castle.

Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust (CPAT) held an open day at Victoria Bowling Club on Saturday from 10:00 GMT to 16:00 to present their findings to the public.

Previous excavations found that parts of the building were well preserved.

"This year we are exploring the ditch around the castle mound," said CPAT community archaeologist Alex Sperr.

Volunteers have been helping the trust to excavate the site.

"Although the castle is on a prominent site not many people know about it, and it is great that we can help raise the profile of this important piece of Welsh heritage," said Mr Sperr.

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Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Mittelalterliche Mauern in Attendorn


Archäologen finden Hinweise auf Torenkasten


Im Luftbild lassen sich die beiden mächtigen Fundamente des vermuteten Torenkasten und die dazwischen liegende Abwasserrinne gut erkennen. (Foto: ABS/Köln)

In Attendorn (Kreis Olpe) haben Archäologen unter Leitung des Landschaftsverbandes Westfalen-Lippe (LWL) die Grundmauern von vier Gebäuden aus dem 15. oder 16. Jahrhundert freigelegt. Zwei Steinhäuser verfügen über ungewöhnlich starke Mauern. Die Wissenschaftler vermuten hier einen sogenannten Torenkasten, in dem Verurteilte der Öffentlichkeit vorgeführt wurden.

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