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Medieval objects uncovered at shopping center in Oxford

From the BBC: Rare and exciting” leather and wooden objects 700 years old have been found at an archaeological dig in Oxford. Experts uncovered 50 medieval leather shoes and a bag as well as a wooden bowl and timber posts at the Westgate Shopping Centre excavation. The objects which “tell us about everyday people” have…

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Medieval palace uncovered in England

From Fox News: A prehistoric fortress is home to a much later structure: what may be one of the biggest medieval palaces ever discovered, one whose remnants remain buried beneath the ground. The site in southern England is surrounded by huge earthworks that date to the Iron Age. Researchers used ground-penetrating radar and other technology…

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Sword of Ivan the Terrible

From Fox News: A medieval mystery sword found nearly 40 years ago in Siberia belonged to the notorious Ivan the Terrible, if a rather colorful theory can be believed. Scholars have long wondered how the 12th-century blade—which looks central European by design and was later adorned with Norse runes and a silver handle in Sweden—ended…

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Viking fortress unearthed

From Fox News: Archaeologists have dug up a rare find in Denmark: a Viking fortress. It’s the first such discovery in more than 60 years, ScienceNordic reports. Researchers were clued in to its possible existence after examining the placement of fortresses nearby. Read more…

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Additional structures found at the site of Stonehenge

From the Washington Post: Today, the word “Stonehenge” evokes an image of an eerie stone circle standing alone on a windswept plane. But new digital maps show the prehistoric monument didn’t always look that way. Those 24-foot-tall, 90,000-pound blocks we still find so impressive were actually part of a much larger complex of shrines —…

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Reconstructing the faces of medieval Scots

From edinburgh.gov.uk: A five-year project to analyse bodies discovered during an archaeological dig by the City of Edinburgh Council and Headland Archaeology has shed new light on Leithers of the past. Forensic artists have now unveiled what the Medieval residents of the former burgh might have looked like some 500 years ago. A team of…

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Rome’s Colosseum a dwelling in medieval times

From Discovery.com. Forget gory shows and gladiatorial combat. In the late Middle Ages, Rome’s Colosseum was a huge condominium, says the latest archaeological investigation into Rome’s most iconic monument. Archaeologists from Roma Tre University and students from the American University of Rome unearthed evidence showing that ordinary Romans lived within the Colosseum from the ninth…

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Richard III laid to rest

From Yahoo News: King Richard III of England will be laid back to rest in a wooden coffin sealed inside a tomb made of Swaledale fossil stone in Leicester Cathedral, the dean of the cathedral announced Monday (June 16)… …The Plantagenet Alliance and its supporters argued that Richard III had adopted York as his hometown…

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Bones of Swedish medieval king examined

From the AP: UPPSALA, Sweden (AP) — Researchers from Uppsala University on Wednesday opened a small gilded box containing the skull and bones of Swedish King Erik IX, who became a national saint after he was murdered in 1160. The researchers also removed the king’s burial crown, which is the oldest known royal crown in…