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Thursday, 27 September 2012

Police hunt 'nighthawkers' after dig site raid

Illegal metal detecting may mean that the full story of the Roman occupation of the Marton site may never be known.

Police are investigating after illicit 'nighthawkers' gained access to the dig on Saturday, September 22.

"There were definitely nighthawkers digging without permission and they made quite a mess, with holes all over the place," said Lincolnshire County Council's historic environment officer Sarah Grundy.

"It's a great shame because genuine metal detecting enthusiasts have already been very helpful during walks over the site with landowners' permission.

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Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Top Fifty British Treasures

After a long hard slog, we have finally finished adding the Top Fifty British Treasures to

Britains Secret Treasures

This has now been added to the many existing websites run by the team of Treasurehunting.tv

The images are in no particular order but the winner was Happsgburgh Hand Axe unearthed in Norfolk on a beach in 2000.

Photo Credit Portable Antiquities Scheme

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Tattenhall, Nr Chester - 4th November 2012 Metal Detecting Event

250 acres (approx 20 fields) nr Tattenhall Village. A mixture of pasture and stubble.

£10 - Pre Book Only - No Paying On The Day.

Limit 100

FLO in attendance

Bacon Butties and Hot Refreshments Available.

The last visit produced Roman, Hammered and Georgian, and due to the amount of land was hardly touched.

full details stebiz@gmail.com

The Gospel of Jesus's Wife

In the scrap of papyrus recently unveiled, Jesus speaks of his own wife and appears to confirm her role as a recognised disciple, Harvard Professor Karen King has suggested.

This document, known as the "Gospel of Jesus's Wife", shows how a single fragment can change our understanding of the early Christian world.

The 4th Century papyrus contains a fragment of a lost gospel which Professor King dates to the 2nd Century, showing how at least some 2nd Century Christians remembered the 1st Century teacher.

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Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Archaeologists dig to find site of Battle of Bannockburn

Archaeologists launched a bid to uncover the site one of the most famous battles in Scottish history - in the grounds of a police headquarters.

Archaeologists launched a bid to uncover the site one of the most famous battles in Scottish history -- in the grounds of a police headquarters.

Central Scotland Police's headquarters at Randolphfield, Stirling, is named after Sir Thomas Randolph, one of the commanders of Robert the Bruce's army at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314.

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Archaeologists hunt for a window on the 1540s at Kirkhope Tower excavation

ARCHAEOLOGISTS say the grounds of a Borders peel tower could be hiding some of the best preserved remains of what life was like in the early 1540s.

While the A-listed 16th century tower just outside Ettrickbridge has been extensively renovated by owner Peter Clarke since he moved in back in the 1990s, the structures that once existed around the tower have lain buried and undisturbed for centuries.

Built originally by the infamous Scotts of Harden, Kirkhope Tower was transformed from a virtual ruin by Mr Clarke and his late wife, Gillian.

An exciting early find during the revamp was a letter from a young soldier in the service of King Henry VIII.

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'Lost village' of Studmarsh unearthed by archaeologists

MORE evidence has been uncovered as the search for the lost village of Studmarsh continues.

A team of archaeologists and volunteers from mental health charity Herefordshire Mind has spent two weeks digging at the National Trust’s Brockhampton Estate , near Bromyard , in a bid to uncover the remains of the village.

Studmarsh was mentioned as a settlement in medieval documents but little has been known about the place for more than 500 years.

So far the foundations of the end corner of a large stonebuilt structure with walls up to one metre wide have been unearthed, along with a stone-lined foundation to support a timber framed cross wall and external doorway, suggesting a manor house may have once stood on the site.

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The £50,000 Roman sarcophagus found abandoned under the bushes in a Dorset back garden

A rare and beautifully carved Roman sarcophagus found overgrown by plants in a back garden is set to sell for more than £50,000.

An eagle-eyed antiques expert spotted a corner of what looked like a trough when he visited a property to look at some art indoors.

However, the expert spotted something in the garden - and fought through the undergrowth to reveal a 1,900-year-old marble sarcophagus.

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Rare silver badge to stay in York

A RARE silver badge worn by followers of Richard III has been bought by the Yorkshire Museum thanks to the generosity of local organisations and the general public.

The silver gilt livery badge, which is thought to date back to 1483 is in the form of a boar, a symbol of Richard III, and was found by a metal detectorist in 2010 near Stillingfleet. It is one of only a relatively small number ever found and because it is silver-gilt it would have once belonged to someone of high status.

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Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Richard III dig: 'Strong evidence' bones are lost king

Archaeologists searching for the grave of Richard III have said "strong circumstantial evidence" points to a skeleton being the lost king.
The English king died at the battle of Bosworth in 1485.
A dig under a council car park in Leicester has found remains with spinal abnormalities and a "cleaved-in skull" that suggest it could be Richard III.
The University of Leicester will now test the bones for DNA against descendants of Richard's family.

Richard III dig: Search team uncovers human bones

Human remains have been found by archaeologists searching for the lost grave of Richard III.
The king died at the battle of Bosworth in 1485 and was recorded as being buried in a Leicester church, which was later demolished.
A team from the University of Leicester has located traces of the church and it is now confirmed they have found human remains.
The bones, believed to well preserved, are undergoing DNA analysis.
As the defeated foe, Richard was given a low-key burial in the Franciscan friary of Greyfriars.
Richard III (reigned 1483-1485) was the last Yorkist king of England, whose death at the age of 32 in the Battle of Bosworth effectively ended the Wars of the Roses
This was demolished in the 1530s but documents describing the burial site have survived.

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Ipswich waterfront Saxon dig unearths 300 graves

An archaeological dig at Ipswich waterfront has unearthed 300 skeletons and evidence of an old church.

The excavation is taking place before 386 homes are built on Great Whip Street by Genesis Housing Association.

It is believed the Saxons occupied the site in the 7th Century and burials are believed to have taken place there until the 16th Century.

Rubbish pits were also uncovered during the dig, led by Oxford Archaeology and Pre-Construct Archaeology.

Paul Murray, senior project officer with Oxford Archaeology, said: "A certain amount of historical research was done before we got here, so we had a general idea of what to find, but this has exceeded our expectations.

Church 'robbed'
"We had evidence that a church was in the area, but we've uncovered its location, so it's a significant find.

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See some bling from Saxon times at county museum

A RARE example of Saxon jewellery has gone on display today, thanks to the work of some metal detectors.

The 1,500-year-old brooch was among items found in the grave of a high society Anglo-Saxon woman at a field in West Hanney in 2009.

It has now gone on display at Woodstock’s Oxfordshire Museum along with two pots and two small knives also found in the grave.

The Oxfordshire County Council museum said the find is “extremely rare” and offers a fascinating glimpse into life at that time.

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Ring rescued from Erie's depths

Laura Haskell and Eric Pereira had given up on ever finding the diamond engagement ring that slipped off her finger into Lake Erie's depths earlier this summer.

One can only imagine their relief when the pair found out that two members of the Chatham-Kent Metal Detecting Club - Garry Schnekenburger and Rick Pearce - actually found the ring, worth several thousand dollars, after it sat buried in the lake bottom for a month.

This saga began Aug. 1, when Haskell, 26, was playing catch in Lake Erie near Wildwood Campground. The ball hit her hand, she said, knocking the ring off into the water. To make matters worse, the windy weather was creating good-sized waves on the lake, and the ring quickly disappeared from sight.

Haskell's frantic screams quickly drew the attention of several bystanders. Soon a crowd of about 20 people were scouring the area where the ring was last seen.

"I think we were out there searching the bottom of the lake for at least four hours," she said.

Although there are plenty of other rings in the world, this was the one Pereira had slipped on Haskell's finger when he asked her to be his wife.

"It wasn't the monetary value," she said. "It was the sentimental value of it."

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Friday, 7 September 2012

Baylham: ‘Nighthawkers’ admit theft of Roman artefacts

TWO metal detector users have admitted stealing coins and other artefacts from a protected Roman site in Baylham, near Needham Market.

Scott Mitchell and Allan Oakley have had their equipment confiscated following the theft of several items belonging to the English Heritage site.

They were arrested in March, a month after three other men were detained following an alleged assault with a metal pole on another man at the site at Baylham Rare Breeds Farm. There is no suggestion Oakley and Mitchell were involved in the earlier alleged incident, which also involved metal detector users.

Oakley, 48, of Halton Road, Grays, and Mitchell, 44, of Phoenix Place, Dartford, admitted theft and using a metal detector in a protected place without consent, when they appeared before Bury St Edmunds magistrates.

The pair were at Baylham between 1.30am and 2.20am on March 29.

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Archaeologists uncover 'lost garden' in quest for Richard III

Archaeologists from the University of Leicester who are leading the search for the lost grave of King Richard III announced today that they have made a new advance in their quest.

They have uncovered evidence of the lost garden of Robert Herrick – where, historically, it is recorded there was a memorial to Richard III.

Now the ‘time tomb team’ as they have become to be known has discovered paving stones which they believe belong to the garden.

The University of Leicester is leading the archaeological search for the burial place of King Richard III with Leicester City Council, in association with the Richard III Society.

In 1485 King Richard III was defeated at the battle of Bosworth. His body, stripped and despoiled, was brought to Leicester where he was buried in the church of the Franciscan Friary, known as the Grey Friars. Over time the exact whereabouts of the Grey Friars became lost.

The project which began two weeks ago has involved digging of two trenches at a council park- and this week a third trench was excavated. Earlier this week, the archaeologists confirmed they had found the church of the Grey Friars and now they have found the garden outside the church.

Philippa Langley, of the Richard III Society, said: “This is an astonishing discovery and a huge step forward in the search for King Richard's grave. Herrick is incredibly important in the story of Richard's grave, and in potentially helping us get that little bit closer to locating it.”

In the early 1600s, Alderman Robert Herrick, a mayor of Leicester, bought the land of the Grey Friars and built a large mansion house with a garden on the site. In 1612, Christopher Wren, father of the famous architect, was visiting Herrick and recorded seeing a handsome three foot stone pillar in Herrick's garden. Inscribed on the pillar was: 'Here lies the body of Richard III sometime King of England'.

This is the last known record of the site of King Richard's grave. Richard is historically recorded as being buried in the choir of the Church of Grey Friars.

Thereafter, in 1711, Herrick's descendants sold the mansion house and garden. After passing through various owners the mansion house was eventually pulled down sometime in the 1870s and the municipal buildings were built. However, Herrick's garden seems to have remained a garden, or wasteland, up until the 1930s - 40s when it was tarmacked over to become a car park.

Mrs Langley added: “The discovery of Herrick's garden is a major step forward and I'm incredibly excited. In locating what looks like one of the garden's pathways and, potentially, its central area which could have once held the three foot stone pillar marking the location of King Richard's grave, we could be that bit closer to finding the resting place of Britain's last warrior king.”

Mr Buckley, Co-Director of University of Leicester Archaeological Services, said the area of paving was found at its southern end, composed of re-used medieval tiles laid in a haphazard pattern.

“The tiles were also extremely worn and of many different sizes.  Although the date at which the paving was laid has yet to be confirmed, we suspect that it relates to the period of Herrick’s mansion.  Interestingly, the 18th century map of Leicester shows a formal garden with a series of paths leading to a central point.

“The paving we have found may relate to this garden, but it lies outside the church to the south. Inside the church in this third trench, further investigation has revealed some large fragments of window tracery which could well relate to the east window, behind the high altar.  If so, this may show that we are in the extreme east end of the building –near the choir where Richard III is said to have been buried.

“Having overcome the major hurdle of finding the church, I am now confident that we are within touching distance of finding the choir – a real turning point in the project and a stage which, at the outset, I never really thought we might reach.”

Archaeology team announces 'huge step forward' in King Richard III search

Archaeologists from the University of Leicester who are leading the search for King Richard III have announced they have overcome the first significant hurdle of their investigation – and made a huge step forward in the search for the King by locating the church where he was buried.

The University of Leicester is leading the archaeological search for the burial place of King Richard III with Leicester City Council, in association with the Richard III Society.

In 1485 King Richard III was defeated at the battle of Bosworth. His body, stripped and despoiled, was brought to Leicester where he was buried in the church of the Franciscan Friary, known as the Grey Friars. Over time the exact whereabouts of the Grey Friars became lost.

The project which began over a week ago has involved digging of two trenches at a council park- and this week a third trench was excavated.

Lead archaeologist Richard Buckley, Co-Director of University of Leicester Archaeological Services, said: “The discoveries so far leave us in no doubt that we are on the site of Leicester's Franciscan Friary, meaning we have crossed the first significant hurdle of the investigation.

“It is remarkable that the third trench has now made us certain that we have located the Friary church -  not only a huge step forward in the search for the remains of Richard III, but also important new evidence for one of Leicester's major religious buildings, lost for over 400 years.”

Earlier this week, the archaeological team – dubbed by the local media as the ‘Time Tomb Team’ - extended the trenches to clarify the alignment of some of the walls that had been revealed.

Mr Buckley said: “We now think we have evidence for a two-metre wide north-south passageway which originally had a tiled floor -this may be a cloister walk on one side of a cloister garth or courtyard.  At right angles to this is an east-west aligned building some five-metres wide, again with evidence for a tiled floor."

“To the north of it there seems to have been an open space, but then another substantial east-west building represented by a robbed wall around 1.5m thick. This wall is a candidate for the south wall of the church, so on Saturday, a third trench was laid out in an adjacent car park to see if it continued to the east.  After modern layers had been machined off, this wall was indeed picked up, together with another one around 7.5m to north, with a mortar floor (probably originally tiled) in between them.

“The size of the walls, the orientation of the building, its position and the presence of medieval inlaid floor tiles and architectural fragments makes this almost certainly the church of the Grey Friars.

“The next step- which may include extending the trenches- will seek to gain more information on the church in the hope that we can identify the location of the choir and high altar.  Finding the choir is especially important as this is where Richard III is recorded as having been buried.”

Mr Buckley added: “At the beginning of the project, I cannot say I was completely confident about finding the remains of the Friary, let alone getting closer to the presumed burial place of Richard III. The trenches could easily have missed the structures we have found, had they been located differently, or we could have found that the evidence had already been destroyed by later development on the site.

“The whole team has been fired up by the project and we are extremely excited by the prospect of further discoveries over the next week or so which may take us closer to our goal.

“With or without the burial place of Richard III,  the investigation has been extremely rewarding and makes a significant contribution in terms of telling the story of medieval Leicester. I am delighted that the University of Leicester is playing a pivotal role in the telling of that story.”

The dig is being filmed for a forthcoming Channel 4 documentary to be aired later this year.

Saturday, 1 September 2012

Victory of Contaminated Green Waste Offender

On 21 August 2012, Vital Earth GB Limited pleaded guilty at Derby Magistrates’ Court to depositing controlled waste on land in Derbyshire without an environmental permit between 10 March and 13 April 2011.

The company delivered material directly to 2 locations in Derbyshire, and caused the onward delivery of waste to a third. This material was in the form of compost contaminated with mixed waste such as plastics, metals and paper.
The company was fined £75,000, and ordered to pay £13,535.26 in costs, along with a £15 victim surcharge.
The charges were brought under section 33(1)(a) and (6) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
Vital Earth run a composting facility at Ashbourne Industrial Estate, Derbyshire.
In early 2011, Vital Earth supplied a local tenant farmer with compost to be used on  rented land off Dark Lane, Hob Lane and at Grange Farm.  The farmer was informed by the company that the compost fully complied with the relevant criteria and was not considered to be a waste product. Unfortunately, following delivery he noticed that the compost contained a high level of plastic contamination including items such as kitchen knives, bottle tops and cigarette lighters.
The ‘Compost Quality Protocol’ states that if quality compost is mixed with other waste materials, the resulting mix will be considered as waste, and will therefore be subject to waste regulatory controls.
Environment Agency officers attended the site in April 2011. A formal sampling process showed that the compost had an average contaminant level between six and ten times the permitted limit, and should actually have been classified as waste.  The Environment Agency contacted Vital Earth to inform them of the sample results and to require removal of the material.
By May 2011 the company began to remove some waste from the farmer’s land but the material was not fully cleared until July 2011.

The company were interviewed under caution on 9 August 2011 and acknowledged that the field was in a poor condition and that their processes needed to be improved. They also stated they had done everything they could to minimise the environmental impact.
In mitigation, the court was told that Vital Earth has no previous convictions for waste offences and that they pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity.  The company also took steps to rectify the situation such as implementing additional training for staff, updating procedures for the storage of material, and removing the waste from the farmer’s fields.
Speaking after the case, an Environment Agency officer in charge of the investigation said: ‘This is a serious environmental crime. By depositing controlled waste Vital Earth have fallen significantly short of their environmental duties.  We will not hesitate to prosecute in such cases.’

The romance behind ‘treasure trove’ ring

THE meaning behind a mysterious inscription on a silver ring pulled from the earth in Swindon was one of everlasting love, according to the British Museum.

The piece of jewellery, lined with gold and made with elaborate detail, carries the words AL.WAYES.ON followed by a sprig. The Adver reported on Wednesday how it was among 39 artefacts which were declared ‘treasure trove’ to the county coroner over the past three years.

Others included a fragment of silver buckle found in Lydiard Tregoze, which depicts a creature with a tail and a two-clawed foot, and Roman coins discovered in Pewsey bearing the names Honorious, Arcadius and Julian. Katie Hinds, finds liaison officer for Wiltshire, speculated the piece of jewellery found in Swindon could have been a betrothal ring.

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