Monday, July 4, 2011

Archaeology in Europe

Archaeology in Europe

Posted: 03 Jul 2011 09:16 AM PDT
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Posted: 03 Jul 2011 09:07 AM PDT
A metal detectorist uncovered a Viking hoard of silver coins and artefacts in the Cumbrian countryside.

The collection, which has been provisionally valued at tens of thousands of pounds, was found in an undisclosed site in Furness.

It is being examined by experts at the British Museum and is expected to be declared as treasure.

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Posted: 03 Jul 2011 09:03 AM PDT
A council leader in Cambridgeshire says he now regrets describing archaeologists and conservationists as "bunny huggers".

But Fenland District Councillor Alan Melton says he stands by his belief that too much time and money is wasted on digs at new building sites.

His comments have prompted a furious response from academics and archaeologists.

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Posted: 03 Jul 2011 09:02 AM PDT
A Viking treasure hoard of silver coins has been discovered in the northern English country of Cumbria. The find is being billed as 'the missing link' by experts who say it is the long-awaited significant evidence of 9th and 10th Century AD material culture of the settlers upon the area around Barrow-in-Furness.

The 92 silver coins and artefacts (several ingots and one near-complete silver bracelet) were discovered and brought to the surface in May by a locally-based metal detectorist. Amongst the coins is a pair of Ara dirhams – silver currency which circulated in 10th century Europe but rarely found in the United Kingdom.

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Posted: 03 Jul 2011 09:00 AM PDT
SPARKLING pieces from the Staffordshire Hoard are on display as conservationists uncover more of secrets of the treasure.

This month 44 pieces from the largest collection of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found are on show at the Shire Hall Gallery, in Stafford.

Archaeologists researching and conserving the Hoard have removed the soil, revealing the glistening garnets and gleaming gold. Now these cleaned pieces are on show, transporting visitors back to the Seventh Century.

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Posted: 03 Jul 2011 08:58 AM PDT
A historically important Roman altar stone has been discovered by archeologists digging in Maryport.

The excavation at Camp Farm is being led by Professor Ian Haynes, of Newcastle University with leading field archaeologist Tony Wilmott.

The site is internationally famous as the place where 17 altar stones found in 1870 - they are now on display in the museum at the town's Senhouse Roman Museum.

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Posted: 03 Jul 2011 08:55 AM PDT
ARCHAEOLOGISTS concerned about the future of Cosmeston Medieval Village have been joined by Penarth Assembly Member Vaughan Gething, in calling on the Vale Council to think again on its proposals for the site.

As previously reported, the council identified changes to the Medieval Village as part of proposed savings agreed at the end of February.

The proposal involves opening the village up as free entry, resulting in a reduction in staff and savings of £60,000 per year.

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Posted: 03 Jul 2011 08:52 AM PDT
A haul of Anglo-Saxon gold discovered beneath a Staffordshire farmer's field could help rewrite history, experts say.

Historians believe the Staffordshire Hoard could hold vital clues to explain the conversion of Mercia - England's last great Pagan kingdom - to Christianity in the 7th Century.

The hoard was found buried on a farm in Staffordshire in July 2009.

The 1,500 pieces of gold are thought to be the spoils of an Anglo-Saxon battle.

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