Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Archaeology in Europe

Archaeology in Europe

Roman silver coins go on display in Warwick

Posted: 06 Jul 2011 05:33 AM PDT

A hoard of Roman silver coins which pre-date the birth of Christ are going on show at the Warwickshire Museum.

A Roman pot containing 1,146 silver denarii coins was found by a man using a metal detector in a field on Edge Hill in the county.

The hoard, which dates back to 190 BC, will be on display from Saturday as the museum in Market Square, Warwick, marks its 60th birthday this month.

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Key keeper sought for 12th Century castle near Bridgend

Posted: 06 Jul 2011 05:32 AM PDT

A key keeper is being sought to take care of a 12th Century castle in south Wales.

Cadw, the Welsh Government's historic environment service, needs someone to look after Newcastle, near Bridgend.

The post, which comes with a "modest" fee, involves checking the monument on a daily basis and keeping it free of litter.

The key keeper will also report any damage, vandalism or anti-social behaviour at the site.

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Mobile phone app will help users find North East prehistoric rock art Read More

Posted: 06 Jul 2011 05:30 AM PDT

THE meaning of rock art created in the North East thousands of years ago has baffled modern day experts.

And the prehistoric people who carved the rock images would be equally at a loss to understand today's technology which is revealing their creations to a growing audience.

In a project by the International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies at Newcastle University, archaeologists have worked with digital media experts to create a mobile phone site enabling people to find the rock art panels.

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Weymouth burial pit shows Vikings filed their teeth

Posted: 06 Jul 2011 05:29 AM PDT

Archaeologists have discovered that teeth belonging to a Viking warrior, found under the Weymouth relief road in Dorset, had been filed.

They were among remains found in a burial pit which was discovered two years ago. The pair of front teeth have deep horizontal grooves cut into them.

Experts are not sure why the teeth were filed, but believe it may have been to frighten opponents in battle or to show their status as a great fighter.

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Cosmeston pottery find shows a thriving medieval craft

Posted: 06 Jul 2011 05:27 AM PDT

A 13th Century pottery vessel found in the Vale of Glamorgan could indicate a thriving local craft in medieval times.

Several fragments of the aquamanile, decorated with a ram's head, were discovered at the site of a manor house at Cosmeston, near Penarth.

The vessels were used by guests to wash their hands at the dinner table.

Professor John Hines from Cardiff University, leader of the dig, said they had never found such an elegant piece made from the local Vale Ware.

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Bulgarian Archaeologists Find Iron Labrys at Ancient Thracian Kings' Residence

Posted: 06 Jul 2011 05:25 AM PDT

Bulgarian archaeologists have dug up an iron labrys, a ceremonial doubleheaded ax, at the residence of the rulers of the Odrysian Kingdom, the state of the most powerful tribe of Ancient Thrace, located at the mount of Kozi Gramadi.

The ax was discovered on Monday, July 4, 2011, by the team of Ass. Prof. Ivan Hristov, Bulgaria's National History Museum announced on Tuesday.

It was dug up near the main gate of the fortified residence of the Odrysian rulers, and is the second labrys ever discovered at an Ancient Thrace site, after another such ax was found in the same archaeological site during its first more thorough excavation in 2005.

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Dorset burial pit Viking had filed teeth

Posted: 06 Jul 2011 05:23 AM PDT

Archaeologists have discovered one of the victims of a suspected mass Viking burial pit found in Dorset had grooves filed into his two front teeth.

Experts believe a collection of bones and decapitated heads, unearthed during the creation of the Weymouth Relief Road, belong to young Viking warriors.

During analysis, a pair of front teeth was found to have distinct incisions.

Archaeologists think it may have been designed to frighten opponents or show status as a great fighter.

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