Saturday, October 1, 2011

Archaeology in Europe

Archaeology in Europe

Axes, bones, jewellery and 60 pairs of shoes - secrets of Roman fort revealed

Posted: 30 Sep 2011 01:08 PM PDT

ARCHAEOLOGISTS digging at the site of a former jeans factory have uncovered the remains of at least two Roman forts - and artefacts including 60 pairs of shoes.
The hoard of leather footwear is believed to be the largest of its kind yet found in Scotland.

Other discoveries include pottery, ovens, coins, bones, jewellery, an axe and a spearhead dating back to the first and second centuries AD, when the forts were in use.
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Pre-Viking burial site unearthed by EirGrid dig for underground power lines

Posted: 30 Sep 2011 01:06 PM PDT

Early Christian remains have been uncovered by contractors working on the largest energy project in the country.

The medieval burial ground was discovered on farmland in Rush, north Dublin, in June as EirGrid laid piping for a high voltage direct current (HVDC) underground power line.

Radiocarbon tests at Queens University, Belfast, have revealed the site dates back to the seventh century, from between 617 to 675 AD.

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Archaeologists uncover slate at Nevern Castle ‘that kept evil spirits at bay’

Posted: 30 Sep 2011 01:05 PM PDT

RARE pieces of inscribed slate unearthed during a dig at one of the nation's oldest castles may provide valuable clues to life in medieval Wales, experts said yesterday.

Archaeologists involved in a recent excavation on the site of Nevern Castle in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park believe the markings, dating back more than 800 years, indicate some ritualistic methods of warding off evil.

The slates – complete with stars and other designs scratched on them – were found at the site's 12th century cut-stone entranceway.

Stone-age toddlers had art lessons, study says

Posted: 30 Sep 2011 01:04 PM PDT

Research on Dordogne cave art shows children learned to finger-paint in palaeolithic age, approximately 13,000 years ago

Stone age toddlers may have attended a form of prehistoric nursery where they were encouraged to develop their creative skills in cave art, say archaeologists.

Research indicates young children expressed themselves in an ancient form of finger-painting. And, just as in modern homes, their early efforts were given pride of place on the living room wall.

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