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    X-Ray Analysis Sheds Light On Construction And Conservation Of Artefacts From Henry VIII's Warship

    21st century X-ray technology has allowed University of Warwick scientists to peer back through time at the production of the armour worn by the crew of Henry VIII's favoured warship, the Mary Rose. The Mary Rose [Credit: Johnny Black] Three artefacts believed to be remains of...
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    Study Traces Spread Of Early Dairy Farming Across Western Europe

    A study has tracked the shift from hunter-gatherer lifestyles to early farming that occurred in prehistoric Europe over a period of around 1,500 years. An international team of scientists, led by researchers at the University of York, analysed the molecular remains of food left in pottery used...
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    5700 Year Old Settlement Unearthed In Upper Valais, Switzerland

    As part of the expansion of the senior citizens' centre in Naters, in the canton of Valais in Switzerland, archaeologists have excavated a settlement from the Middle Neolithic period, dating from 3700 to 3550 BC. This is the largest site from this period in the Upper Valais to date...
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    Legionary Canteen Found At Roman Sanctuary In France

    During the course of rescue excavations at a site near a planned commercial area in the town of Seynod in southeastern France, archaeologists from the National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research (INRAP) unearthed the remains of a Roman-era sacred precinct with two or three small...
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    Who Lived Near Pommelte, The 'German Stonehenge'?

    Starting in April, an about-4,000-year-old settlement will be excavated to provide insights into Early Bronze Age life. Settlements of this size have not yet been found at the related henges in the British Isles. The reconstructed ring-shaped sanctuary at Pommelte [Credit...
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    Neolithic Cairn Excavated In Wales

    Ancient cairns, used to bury neolithic tribes people over 4,500 years ago, were found near the Milfraen mountainside overlooking Blaina in Blaenau Gwent by the Aberystruth Archaeological Society last month. Members of the group excavated the Neolithic cairn on the mountains overlooking...
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    Dublin's Earliest Viking Settlement Seen In New Light

    An archaeological excavation has changed our picture of Dublin's earliest Viking settlement with the black pool or Dubh Linn now known to be a lot bigger than first thought. Ditch, palisade and embankment from 9th century Viking settlement [Credit: Archaeological Projects Ltd] The dig...
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    Iron Age ‘Warrior’ Burial With Sword And Spear Discovered In West Sussex

    A richly-furnished grave belonging to an Iron Age ‘warrior’ buried 2,000 years ago has been uncovered in West Sussex by UCL archaeologists. The burial with weapons being excavated [Credit: UCL] Iron weapons had been placed inside the grave, including a sword in a highly-decorated...
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    English Heritage Urges End To Illegal Metal Detecting At Historic Sites

    English Heritage has urged the public to help fight the rise of illegal metal detecting at its historic sites. The site of the town of Old Sarum, the earliest settlement of Salisbury in England, has been targeted several times by illegal metal detectorists [Credit: PA Media] Ancient...
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    Human Remains Unearthed At Site Of Early Roman Military Base In Kent

    Two skeletons dating back to the Bronze and Iron Age have been unearthed by archaeologists working on a building site. One of the skeletons found at Aylesham [Credit: SWAT via KentOnline] The remains were discovered at the Aylesham Garden Village development near Canterbury and are now...
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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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