Friday, July 8, 2011

Archaeology in Europe

Archaeology in Europe

Bulgarian Archaeologists Uncover Major Church Built by Byzantium's Last Emperors

Posted: 08 Jul 2011 09:43 AM PDT

Bulgarian archaeologists have unearthed the main church of a 14th century Byzantine monastery built by the last dynasty of the Eastern Roman Empire located in the Black Sea town of Sozopol.

The team of archaeologist Dr. Krastina Panayotova from the National Archaeology Institute of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences has completed the first stage of the excavations of the St. Apostles Monastery and of a medieval feudal castle at the Cape of Sozopol.

During the excavations funded by the Bulgarian government, Panayotova's team has uncovered the monastery church, a small cemetery chapel, and a feudal castle dating back to the 13th-15th century, the last days before the Byzantine Empire before it was wiped out of the map by the Ottoman Turkish invaders.

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Codex Calixtinus manuscript stolen from Santiago de Compostela

Posted: 08 Jul 2011 09:40 AM PDT

Priceless 12-century manuscript, which contains Europe's first travel guide, went missing from a safe in Spanish cathedral

A priceless 12th-century illustrated manuscript containing what has been described as Europe's first travel guide has been stolen from the cathedral at Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain.

The Codex Calixtinus, which was kept in a safe at the cathedral's archives, is thought to have been stolen by professional thieves on Sunday afternoon.

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Roman Frontier Gallery tells tales from Cumbria's origins at Tullie House Museum

Posted: 08 Jul 2011 09:38 AM PDT

The pavements outside Tullie House's beautiful old building, in Castle Street, once played host to Roman posties.

Just 20 years after the marauding channel-hoppers had arrived in Carlisle, in around AD 72, letters were being peacefully shuttled between correspondents in the Cumbria settlement.

The tablets they were written on serve as handy evidence of the earliest examples of handwriting, forming part of a gripping new gallery in a cavern beneath the doors they were delivered to almost 2,000 years ago.

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Reconstructed face of medieval skeleton may reveal Ireland’s ‘Helen of Troy’

Posted: 08 Jul 2011 09:37 AM PDT

EXPERTS are set to reconstruct the face and probable appearance of a high-ranking Medieval female, whose skeletal remains were unearthed at the end of last month during excavations at Dungannon's Castle Hill.

It is hoped that the project, conducted by experts at Galway University, will reveal more about her true identity, and help bring tourists and local people face to face with the past.

The skeleton, dating back to the Medieval Period, was found nearly complete and in a good state of preservation, which means the most advanced studies of forensic anthropology can be performed on it.

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Latest News on the theft of the Codex Calixtinus

Posted: 08 Jul 2011 09:34 AM PDT

The Spanish newspaper El Pais is reporting that the police are looking over hundreds of hours of video footage and having teams go into the cathedral at Santiago de Compostella to look for forensic evidence. A helicopter flew over the church as well, to see if there was a hole in its roof which could have been used by the thief to enter the building.

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