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    Detectorists Unearth 69,347 Iron Age Coins In Jersey, Channel Isles

    Treasure hunters have set a record for the largest coin hoard discovered in the British Isles after unearthing 69,347 Roman and Celtic coins that were buried three feet beneath a hedge in Jersey, Channel Isles. Britain's largest coin hoard of gold and silver pieces was found under a hedge...
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    Chester's Roman Wall Collapses After Digging Work

    Part of Chester's historical city walls has collapsed after digging work by developers. Cheshire West and Chester Council said a section of the wall fell on Thursday evening, causing the development to be suspended. The collapsed wall [Credit: TomLovesLife] "Early indications appear to...
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    Undisturbed Burials On School Site Shed Light On Roman Somerset

    Ancient burials unearthed at the site of a new school in the town are shedding significant new light on life and death in Roman Somerset. This older female was buried with a pillow supporting her head and a pottery vessel positioned alongside. The small stone-built coffin-like box is known...
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    Large Scale Feasts At Ancient Capital Of Ulster Drew Crowds From Across Iron Age Ireland

    People transported animals over huge distances for mass gatherings at one of Ireland's most iconic archaeological sites, research concludes. One of the analysed pig jaws for the study [Credit: Dr Richard Madgwick] Dr Richard Madgwick of Cardiff University led the study, which analysed...
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    Ancient Secret Of Stone Circles Revealed

    New evidence of a massive lightning strike at the center of a hidden stone circle in the Outer Hebrides may help shed light on why these monuments were created thousands of years ago. The ancient Calanais Stones on Scotland’s Isle of Lewis were constructed with astrological phenomena in...
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    New Archaeological Discoveries Reveal Birch Bark Tar Was Used In Medieval England

    Scientists from the University of Bristol and the British Museum, in collaboration with Oxford Archaeology East and Canterbury Archaeological Trust, have, for the first time, identified the use of birch bark tar in medieval England - the use of which was previously thought to be limited to...
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    Roman Villa Unearthed In Southern England

    A well preserved Roman villa has been rediscovered at the Dorset Wildlife Trust nature reserve, Nunnery Mead, near Frampton. Credit: Bournemouth University The dig was carried out by experts from Bournemouth University. Thought to be destroyed in the mid-nineteenth century, the team...
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    Iron Age Shield Found During Pocklington Dig Fully Restored

    A shield discovered during a housing development in Pocklington has been hailed as the 'most significant Iron Age find this century.' Pocklington Iron Age shield following cleaning and restoration work [Credit: MAP Archaeological Practice] The shield was part of an impressive ‘warrior...
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    An Exceptional Gravettian 'Venus' Discovered In Amiens

    The prehistoric site of Renancourt, in Amiens, has been known for many years and long remained one of the few sites providing evidence for human presence in northern France during the Early Upper Palaeolithic (35,000 – 15,000). The 'Venus of Renancourt' seen from different angles [Credit...
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    Imaging Uncovers Secrets Of Medicine's Mysterious Ivory Manikins

    Little is known about the origins of manikins--small anatomical sculptures thought to be used by doctors four centuries ago--but now advanced imaging techniques have offered a revealing glimpse inside these captivating ivory dolls. Researchers using micro-CT successfully identified the material...
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    EUropean Police Bust Gang Looting Artifacts In Italy

    European police have busted an international crime gang involved in trafficking tens of thousands of Greek archaeological artefacts looted from illegal excavations in Italy, law enforcement agencies said Monday. Credit: Carabinieri TPC Police from Italy, Britain, France, Germany and...
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    World's Oldest Glue Used From Prehistoric Times Till The Days Of The Gauls

    Birch bark tar, the oldest glue in the world, was in use for at least 50,000 years, from the Palaeolithic Period up until the time of the Gauls. Made by heating birch bark, it served as an adhesive for hafting tools and decorating objects. (A) Illustration of hinge (© S. Sorin, CNRS...
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    New Study Suggests The Original Location Of The Bayeux Tapestry Is Finally Solved

    New evidence, published in the Journal of the British Archaeological Association, has confirmed that the Bayeux Tapestry was designed specifically to fit a specific area of Bayeux's cathedral. Part of the junction of Pieces III and IV of the Bayeux Tapestry [Credit: Detail of the Bayeux...
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    Heuneburg Early Celts Across Classes May Have Drunk Mediterranean Wine In Local Ceramics

    Early Celts from the Heuneburg settlement may have enjoyed Mediterranean wine well before they began importing Mediterranean drinking vessels--and this special drink may have been available to all in the community, according to a study published in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Maxime...
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    Face Of A Medieval Man Found In Aberdeen Reconstructed

    The face of a Medieval man whose remains were found in Aberdeen has been reconstructed. The man - known as skeleton 125 - was one of 60 full skeletons and more than 4,000 human bone fragments found after work began at the Aberdeen Art Gallery redevelopment site. Skeleton 125 has been...
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    The Largest Ever Bronze Age Hoard Found In London

    The largest ever Bronze Age hoard to be discovered in London, the third largest of its kind in the UK, has been unearthed in Havering. This hugely significant find will go on display for the first time as the focal point of a major exhibition at the Museum of London Docklands in April 2020...
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    Human Remains And ‘Lavish’ Jewels Unearthed At Anglo Saxon Burial Site In Lincolnshire

    Skeletons and ‘lavish’ artefacts have been unearthed at an historic burial site in the county. Archaeologists have been left stunned by the findings - which include 50 graves containing human remains, jewellery and weaponry. One of the skeletons unearthed at the Anglo-Saxon burial site in...
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    New Excavation Of 'Princely Tomb' Of Vix Underway

    In Europe, the site of Vix is an emblematic testimony to the Celtic princely phenomenon. It is primarily famous for the tomb of the “Lady of Vix,” whose 1953 excavation revealed a remarkable array of grave offerings. Sixty-six years after the excavations by Rene Joffroy and Maurice Moisson...
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    Roman Sculptures Excavated In Austria

    Two Roman-era sculptures were discovered during the course of digging out the foundation for the new fire station on the premises of the volunteer fire brigade of Kleinstubing, in the district of Graz-Umgebung, Styria. The "Eros von Kleinstubing" [Credit: APA/FF Kleinstubing/Werner Gasser]...
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    First Evidence For Early Baby Bottles Used To Feed Animal Milk To Prehistoric Babies

    A team of scientists, led by the University of Bristol, has found the first evidence that prehistoric babies were fed animal milk using the equivalent of modern-day baby bottles. Late Bronze Age feeding vessels from Vosendorf, Austria [Credit: Enver-Hirsch © Wien Museum] Possible infant...
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