Category Archives: Archaeology

Archaeology – coins discovery ‘will re-write’ Anglo-Saxon history

All, If you click here you will get to some local(ish) archaeology news of national importance. The so-called Watlington Hoard has re-written what we know about the Anglo-Saxons… “This is an extraordinary find, one which re-writes Anglo-Saxon history,” Xa Sturgis, director of … Continue reading

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Enrichment – things to watch. Timewatch: The Mary Rose

If you click here you will get to the BBC iplayer and Dan Snow’s Mary Rose Timewatch programme. It is excellent – particularly if you are thinking of archaeology as a degree course. You may also like to click here to visit the BBC’s online … Continue reading

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Enrichment – DNA testing has for the first time confirmed the identity of the bacteria behind London’s Great Plague.

If you click here you will get to a BBC report on the causes of the 1665 plague outbreak. It states that; “DNA testing has for the first time confirmed the identity of the bacteria behind London’s Great Plague.  The plague of … Continue reading

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Enrichment – something to watch – Understanding Stonehenge

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Enrichment – The Dark Ages and the Tintagel problem.

If you click here you will get to an article by Edwin Hustwit in History Today. In it, he discusses the issue of labelling periods of history. He does this by focussing on the so called Dark Ages and Tintagel. He concludes that “when … Continue reading

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Enrichment – the birth of Baghdad was a landmark for world civilisation.

“If Baghdad today is a byword for inner-city decay and violence on an unspeakable scale, its foundation 1,250 years ago was a glorious milestone in the history of urban design. More than that, it was a landmark for civilisation, the … Continue reading

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Diggers to uncover Leveller ?

If you click here then you will get a lovely article from today’s Independent about Robert Lockyer. It suggests that as Crossrail continues, “archaeologists could be about to unearth the musket-shot-riddled remains of one of Britain’s great left-wing heroes. Executed by firing … Continue reading

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2014 in archaeology

Happy New Year all. Please click here for a super review of the year in archaeology from the BBC magazine webpage. As Dr Iles suggests “it’s been a fascinating year for ground-breaking archaeology around the globe, with cholera-stricken “vampires”, armour made … Continue reading

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Enrichment – Medieval city ‘detected’ by experts

All, If you click here then you will get to a BBC report explaining how archaeologists from the University of Southampton have built up a detailed plan of Old Sarum (Salisbury) using modern techniques. These included  “magnetometry, earth resistance, ground penetrating … Continue reading

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Alfred the Great

Following on from the discivery of the remains of Richard III, I have posted on the question – why should historians be interested in the remains of monarchs ? Indeed, as many of you know, there is presently a campaign … Continue reading

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