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Saturday, 27 October 2012

Relics 'most important find in area for 100 years'

NORTH Somerset's most important archaeological finds for 100 years have been unearthed in Banwell during work to replace a water main.

The relics were discovered during work by Bristol Water to lay a new £3.6 million, seven kilometre water main between Banwell and Hutton.

As part of the project, Bristol Water employed archaeologists to investigate and record any potential remains near its planned works.

Experts from Border Archaeology have now unearthed what appears to be a Roman cemetery containing several human burials, isolated from the surrounding landscape by a curving water-filled ditch.

A partially preserved wooden coffin or shallow 'bier' constructed from timber planking containing human remains was also discovered.

Generally, Roman cemeteries were situated outside settlements and away from areas of human habitation, often next to roads. 

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Thursday, 18 October 2012

Archaeologists 'find palace site' at Kingsholm

Archaeologists in Gloucester say they may have found the exact site of the Anglo-Saxon Kingsholm Palace.

A pin head and part of a floral bowl, which were originally thought to be Roman, were found at the site.


Roman gold coins found in St Albans field

A "nationally significant" stash of Roman gold coins has been found by a man with a metal detector in Hertfordshire.

The discovery, on private land north of St Albans, is believed to be one of the largest Roman gold coin finds in the UK.

The identity of the man who found the coins is not being revealed.

Yvonne Hall reports.


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Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Major Haul Of Gold Roman Coins Discovered Near St Albans

A major haul of 159 Roman coins has been discovered near St Albans...

The find on private land - by someone with a metal detector - is believed to be one of the largest Roman gold coin collections ever discovered in the UK.

The coins are in a very good condition and were scattered across a wide area - and could have been moved close to the surface in the last couple of hundred years due to quarrying or ploughing.

Specialists from St Albans Museum service say the coins date to the very end of Roman rule in Britain and there are virtually no comparable gold hoards of this period.

The coins - called solidus (plural - solidi) date to the closing years of the fourth century. They were mostly struck in the Italian cities of Milan and Ravenna and issued under the Emperors Gratian, Valentinian, Theodosius, Arcadius and Honorius.

David Thorold, Prehistory to Medieval Curator at Verulamium Museum in St Albans said: "During the period of the Roman occupation of Britain, coins were usually buried for two reasons.

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Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Volunteers dig the search for Leys history

A PROJECT uncovering the history of Blackbird Leys had a successful first day yesterday.

More than 20 volunteers started digging at a site near the Kassam Stadium as part of the East Oxford Archaeology Project (Archeox).

Over the next five weeks they hope to uncover details of a 12th century priory at the Minchery Farm Paddock.

Project manager Jane Harrison said: “We’ve found bits of medieval pottery, floor tiles and building remains, showing where walls were. We are hoping to find more interesting things over the next few weeks.”

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Bronze age pottery find in Jersey

A rare bronze age pottery vessel, thought to contain tools and weapons, has been found in Jersey.

The vessel, which was found in Trinity, has been wrapped in bandages and tin foil and then sprayed with foam to make it safer and easier to transport.

One of the weapons identified inside is an axe, which experts say could have been used as both a tool and weapon.

The vessel is thought to be about 3,000 years old, but Jersey Heritage is not yet sure of its value.

It was found by metal detector enthusiast Ken Rive, a member of the Jersey metal detecting society, who said it was a once in a lifetime find and the first thing he had found in more than 20 years.

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Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Heritage centre plan for Roman site in Northamptonshire

A heritage centre could be built on the Northamptonshire site of a Roman settlement as part of a £4.1m lottery bid.

Chester Farm, a 40-acre site in Irchester, includes traces of Iron Age enclosures and a medieval town.

The county council, which owns the site, has received £135,000 of lottery funding to form a "detailed development plan".

Jim Harker, council leader, said the site was a "true heritage jewel".

The heritage centre could be built along with a countrywide archaeological archives store. Further excavation would also take place on the site.

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Amesbury archaeology under the spotlight

AMESBURY’S archaeology will come under the spotlight again this weekend with a significant dig on the outskirts of the town.

A BBC crew will be filming the excavations in the area known as Blick Mead for a documentary focussing on the area’s Mesolithic past.

Thousands of flints and primitive tools have already been found at the site, and with many more expected to be uncovered, Amesbury could prove to be the home of the largest collection of Mesolithic finds in the country.

Although the dig is taking place on private land, the Amesbury community will be able to learn more about the discoveries at a special event taking place at the town’s new museum.

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Digging up a bit of history for soldiers' families

A GOWER man and his metal detector have unearthed a rare reminder of the area's military past.

When Ron Sanders heard a beep in his ear while carrying out his hobby in a field near Scurlage he had no idea he was about to find a link with two families more than 3,000 miles away.

The 62-year-old uncovered two dog tags which turned out to belong to a couple of American soldier who were stationed in the area during the Second World War.

Their unit was based in Gower in 1941 ahead of its role in the D-Day landings which were to liberate Europe and pave the way to ending the war.

Swansea Metal Detecting Club member Mr Sanders, who had permission from the landowner, said: "I knew this particular field was a World War Two American Army Camp in the weeks leading up to D-Day.

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Monday, 8 October 2012

Bronze Age transport route 'found during Crossrail dig'

Wood found during excavation work for Crossrail could be evidence of a 3,500-year-old Bronze Age transport route through London, experts believe.

Archaeologists examining a site in Plumstead have been searching for the pathway, which ran along the same route of the new rail link in east London.

They have unearthed wooden stakes which they say may have been used in the construction of the transport link.

Crossrail archaeologist Jay Carver said it was a "very significant find".

The dig team say the two wooden stakes found in Plumstead appear to have cuts made by a metal axe.

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Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Archaeology: 101 medieval coins found at monastery site in Bulgaria’s former capital Preslav

Archaeologists working at the site of a medieval monastery in Veliki Preslav, one of the former capitals of Bulgaria, have found 101 copper coins said to date from the late 12th to early 13th centuries CE.

Preslav was the capital of the First Bulgarian Kingdom from 893 to 972 CE. The site is about 20km from the town of Shoumen in north-easternBulgaria.

The coins bear the images of Byzantine emperors Isaac II Angelos, who reigned from 1185 to 1195, and Alexios III Angelos, whose reign was from 1195 to 1203.

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The Smugglers Penny

I was browsing the internet recently when I came across a coin that intrigued me. It was very similar to one my brother found a couple of years back, near an old Medieval church.  However he only found half a one.

The item in question is a carved out Cartwheel Penny - the one my brother found was a Twopence.

It has a clip on it, so it clips together to keep any goodies inside. Exactly what it contained is anybodies guess. Maybe a key?? or small change. Some even refer to it as a smugglers penny.

Has anybody else found one similar?