Monday, November 14, 2011

Archaeology in Europe

Archaeology in Europe

1,800-year-old Roman well unveiled in Bingham

Posted: 14 Nov 2011 10:57 AM PST

AN 1,800-year-old Roman well was today being unveiled to the public.

The well, which dates back to about 160AD, was found in 2009 by a group of archeologists.

But it was in the route of the A46 road-widening scheme, and had to be dug up and moved stone by stone.

From today it will be available for public viewing at the Bingham Cemetery, in The Banks, a few miles from where it was found.

Pete Allen, chairman of community group The Bingham Heritage Trail Association, which campaigned for the well's restoration, said: "It is a piece of history that deserves to be kept for the enjoyment of the public."

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Roman treasure displayed to public

Posted: 14 Nov 2011 10:54 AM PST

THE largest hoard of early Roman coins found in the West Midlands are on display at Banbury Museum.

More than 1,000 silver denarii were found in a small pot at Edgehill in 2008 and went on show yesterday (Wednesday) in an exhibition running until December 10.

Cllr James Macnamara, Cherwell District Council's lead member for the environment, said: "We'll never know why someone decided to hide these coins. This was a tidy sum of money in the First Century – equal to a year's pay for five Roman soldiers.

"Whether the people that buried the coins intended to come back for them or not, they remained in a pot underground for nearly 2,000 years."

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In pictures: Coventry Cathedral's medieval stained glass

Posted: 14 Nov 2011 10:52 AM PST

Development plans for Coventry's cathedral ruins are announced later to coincide with the 71st anniversary of the Coventry Blitz. Earlier this year the cathedral was put on the World Monuments Fund 2012 Watch List which is an international list of buildings worthy of preservation.

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A medieval market town has discovered it owns an original version of the Magna Carta

Posted: 14 Nov 2011 10:50 AM PST

A MEDIEVAL market town has discovered it owns an original version of Magna Carta, potentially worth about 20 million pounds, rather than a copy worth only 10,000 pounds.
It was identified in the collection of Faversham town council in Kent by academic experts prompted by the auction of a version from 1297 owned by Ross Perot, who ran for the US presidency against Bill Clinton in 1992 and 1996. In 2007 that version had fetched $US21.3m (about $A20.8 million at today's rates).

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Twigs suggest Assynt site 'genuine Iron Age broch'

Posted: 14 Nov 2011 10:44 AM PST

Radiocarbon dating of burnt twigs found inside an ancient building in Assynt suggest its interior remained untouched after it was built in the Iron Age.

Brochs were often modified during later periods of use. One at Nybster in Caithness has evidence of possible Pictish and medieval occupation.

The dating of twigs possibly used for woven mats points to the Assynt site remaining unaltered until it collapsed.

The broch at Clachtoll was built using stones weighing up to 100kg each.

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10 000 Unique Archaeology Treasures to Be Unveiled in Bulgaria

Posted: 14 Nov 2011 10:43 AM PST

Bulgaria's National History Museum will put on display about 10 000 "extremely valuable" archaeological finds and artifacts.

The finds in question were seized from a treasure hunting and antiques trafficking crime group back in 2004, and are now being transferred from the Sofia City Prosecutor's Office to the ownerships of the National History Museum in Sofia.

They feature archaeological items from various ages – from prehistory all the way to the 20th century, the Bulgarian National History Museum announced.

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