Thursday, November 24, 2011

Archaeology in Europe

Archaeology in Europe

Norman crypt excavated and re-buried at Exeter church

Posted: 24 Nov 2011 06:27 AM PST

Columns from a Norman crypt which were excavated in August have been re-buried indefinitely, at a Devon church.

Two columns with intricate carvings were unearthed at St Stephen's Church on Exeter High Street.

It was the first time they had been seen since an excavation in 1826.

It had been hoped the columns would go on display, but the masonry was considered unsafe and the columns have now been re-buried.

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'Earliest' evidence of human violence

Posted: 24 Nov 2011 06:26 AM PST

A healed fracture discovered on an ancient skull from China may be the oldest documented evidence of violence between humans, a study has shown.

The individual, who lived 150,000-200,000 years ago, suffered blunt force trauma to the right temple - possibly from being hit with a projectile.

But the ancient hunter-gatherer - whose sex is unclear - survived to tell the tale: the injury was completely healed by the time of the person's death.

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Moreton-in-Marsh Stone Age axe find leads to seaside theory

Posted: 24 Nov 2011 06:23 AM PST

A Stone Age hand axe which was found on a building site could help prove part of Gloucestershire was once "almost on the seaside", experts have said.

Archaeologists uncovered the finely-worked stone tool, which may be about 100,000 years old, on a housing development in Moreton-in-Marsh.

They said they believed it may have been used by cavemen on the shores of a lake that spanned across the Midlands.

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Saxon burial ground under Warwickshire couple's home

Posted: 24 Nov 2011 06:22 AM PST

A Warwickshire man has described the moment builders found human bones under his patio.

Stephen and Nicky West were having their home redeveloped when one of the builders unearthed the remains.

Mr West said: "There was a tap on the door and the builder said 'Stephen, I think there's something you need to see'.

"He had a skull in his hand and I thought 'oh my goodness'."

The couple have lived at their house in Ratley, a village in south Warwickshire, for nearly seven years.

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Discovery of skull pierced by an arrowhead sparks murder mystery - 1,000 years later

Posted: 24 Nov 2011 06:19 AM PST

The discovery of a skull pierced by an iron arrowhead as part of skeleton remains found in a shallow grave has sparked a murder mystery in a Galway village – 1,000 years after the gruesome assault!

Recent quarrying in an esker in the townland of Tisaxon, close to Newcastle, Athenry, revealed human remains exposed in the quarry face.

The archaeological work has just been completed by local archaeologist Martin Fitzpatrick of Arch Consultancy Ltd, who was funded by the National Monuments Service, which comes under the remit of Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan.

Excavation indicated that the burial was in a shallow grave and the body, which was that of an adult male aged between 17 and 25. The body was lying on its side and crouched rather than having been laid out.

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