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Medieval damsel in distress a myth' Welsh research finds

'Medieval damsel in distress a myth' Welsh research finds The traditional perception of women in the Middle Ages may be one of a damsel in distress.
But new research shows medieval women in Wales were not as powerless as popular fiction would have us believe.
Experts trawling through historical records have found many Welsh women were prepared to take on the establishment at any cost.
Carwyn Jones reports.

Sutton Hoo: Anglo-Saxon goldsmiths exposed as fraudsters

Sutton Hoo: Anglo-Saxon goldsmiths exposed as fraudsters - but King Raedwald’s treasure was ‘the real deal’ .... The British Museum has revealed that many jewellery items taken from the period had been treated to remove alloyed metals from their surfaces to appear “more gold” than in reality.
However, Eleanor Blakelock, a leading archaeometalurgist who worked on the project, said the items taken from the historic find in Sutton Hoo for testing were “the real deal”.
Whereas analysis of inferior items revealed a higher metal content on the surface than below – indicating the craftsmen had used acid to deplete impurities – the shoulder clasp and great buckle found in the bu…

Parts of an Iron Age chariot discovered in England

Archaeologists in England have made a “once-in-a-career” discovery of the decorated bronze remains of an Iron Age chariot.

By Peter Konieczny A team from the University of Leicester has unearthed a hoard of rare bronze fittings from a 2nd or 3rd century BC chariot which appears to have been buried as a religious offering. The archaeologists found the remains during their ongoing excavation of the Burrough Hill Iron Age hillfort, near Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire.
This project began in 2010, giving students and volunteers valuable experience of archaeological excavations. Burrough Hill is owned by the education charity, the Ernest Cook Trust, which has also funded site tours and school visits to the excavation.
While digging a large, deep pit near the remains of a house within the hillfort, a group of four students found a piece of bronze in the ground – before uncovering a conc…

Un británico halla el mayor tesoro vikingo descubierto hasta la fecha
Derek McLennan, un entusiasta de la detección de metales de 47 años, ha descubierto el mayor botín vikingo jamás hallado hasta la fecha, que se compone de cientos de artefactos, entre ellos una antigua cruz de plata, según el diario 'Daily Mail'.
  La mayoría de las piezas, encontradas en un lugar no revelado que forma parte de la propiedad de la Iglesia de Escocia, son consideradas históricamente únicas y de gran importancia internacional.

El hallazgo incluye, posiblemente, la olla de plata más grande de la dinastía carolingia que podría tener unos 1.200 años de antigüedad. 

Metal detectorist finds Britain's biggest ever haul of Viking treasure -

The largest haul of Viking treasure ever found in Britain has been unearthed by a metal detector enthusiast, it was revealed today. The discovery was found on Church of Scotland land after the detectorist painstakingly searched the unidentified area in Dumfries and Galloway for more than a year. The hoard, which consists of more than a hundred artefacts, many of which are historically unique, is now under the care of the Treasure Trove Unit and is regarded as being of significant international importance. Read more:
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Felsenmeer (Lautertal)
Felsenmeer -- Winter Felsenmeer Odenwald 2006 --
Römisches Werkstück, das Schiff römisches Werkstück „Schiff“ im Felsenmeer (Lautertal)
Felsökosystem = Blockhalde mit Moosbewuchs und Totholz Blockhalde mit Moosbewuchs und Totholz
-- Die Riesensäule im Jahr 2007 Die Riesensäule im Felsenmeer bei Lautertal (Odenwald) Ortsteil Reichenbach
1964 „versuchen“ Soldaten, die Riesensäule zu heben. Riesensäule im Odenwald, Soldaten "versuchen", sie zu heben

Altarstein mit Keileinschnitten, dem glatten Schnitt, Bruchstelle Der Altarstein im Felsenmeer bei Lautertal (Odenwald) Ortsteil Reichenbach

La leyenda de las rocA en el Lauter mar es A cerca de dos gigantes que vivían en la zona de Reichenbach, el de la montaña de la roca, el otro en el Hohenstein. Cuando ellos estaban armados, se arrojaron piedras. El Hohenstein tenido la ventaja, él tenía más material de la cama. Así fue que el gigante Felsberger fue enterrado pronto entre lo…

Coast Guard gives WWII vet a Viking funeral at sea

The Coast Guard carries out dozens of burials at sea in a given year, but one World War II veteran got a unique farewell.
On Sept. 29, Station Atlantic City fulfilled the final wishes of service veteran Andrew Haines, a New Jersey resident who died in late August at age 89. Haines spent more than a decade planning his own Norse-style send-off — a self-built funeral ship to carry his cremated ashes, which was then to be ignited with a flare.
“Oh, I was thrilled,” Haines’ son Andy told Navy Times. “I was thrilled when the Coast Guard called and told me we were doing it my way.”
Haines said his father, a World War II veteran who finished his tour at Atlantic City, had been planning his funeral for years. Andrew Haines emigrated from Norway as a child in 1927 and had stayed connected to his Scandinavian heritage throughout his life.
About 10 years ago, Andy said, Haines’ cous…
Is the Mother of Alexander the Great in the Tomb at Amphipolis? Part 3 - See more at:

By Andrew Chugg*}
 I wrote my initial article on this question on the morning of 6th September (a day before the announcement of the discovery of the caryatids) and I wrote a second part, dealing with the caryatids and a few other issues on 20th September. In these two articles I drew a number of inferences from the evidence available:

1) Sphinxes decorated the thrones found in the tombs of two mid to late 4th century BC queens of Macedon, one of whom was Alexander’s grandmother Eurydice I

2) Greek mythology recognised Hera the wife of Zeus as the mistress of the sphinx: the 4th century BC Macedonian kings identified themselves with Zeus, so it would make sense for their principal queens to have identified themselves with Hera

 3) The female sphinxes at Amphipolis ha…

Grieg - Lualat - Mountain Song - Op. 73 "Moods"

4,000-Year-Old Ritual Site Discovered in Poland

WARSAW, POLAND—A 4,000-year-old ritual site has been unearthed on a hilltop in northeastern Poland. Fragments of decorated cups and bowls made by the Bell Beaker culture were found surrounded by burned bones and a fragment of an amber bead. A second amber object was found nearby. “Amber was an exotic and prestigious material for the Bell Beaker communities, and never before found in Podlasie. These discovered ornaments are among the oldest objects of this type in the region,” archaeologist Dariusz Manasterski of the University of Warsaw told Science & Scholarship in Poland. Stone tools, including an adze, a fragment of a curved blade, and fragments of a dagger were found, along with arrowheads and other blades and knives made of flint. “The entire ritual deposit is an exceptional find in central Europe. It contains one of the richest collections of objects usually found in the elite graves in Western Europ…

Researchers are trying to solve a Danish castle mystery

Who built the lengendary Hammershus castle? Archaeologist are trying to find the answer. ...... Hammershus, perched on the cliffs of northwest Bornholm in the Baltic, is perhaps Denmark’s best known ruin. It was excavated and renovated at the end of the 1800s up until 1940, but the ruined castle is still shrouded in a mystery with significance to the history of Denmark: who actually built Hammershus, and why?
For that reason it has been crucial to date the almost thousand year old structure, something archaeologists hope they will now be able to do as the ruins are posed to receive their first proper archaeological excavation.
“We’re aware that the parts of Hammershus we know date from the middle ages but the burning question is precisely when,” says Nils Engberg, archaeologist with The National Museum of Denmark and leader of the excavation. “Exactly when it was built is of huge importance to the …

5000-Year-Old Water Pipeline Discovered in Western Iran

A 5000-year-old water system has been unearthed during the second season of a rescue excavation project at the Farash ancient historical site at the Seimareh Dam reservoir area in western Iran.
An archaeological team led by Leili Niakan has been conducting the second season of their rescue excavation since March, when the Seimareh Dam came on stream.
The team plans to save ancient artifacts and gather information about the ancient sites that are being submerged by the reservoir of the dam, which became operational in early March.
This system, which comprises a small pool and an earthenware pipeline, was discovered on the eastern shore of the reservoir of the dam on the border between Ilam Province and Lorestan Province, Niakan said.
Niakan said part of the water system has been submerged as the water level has risen. However, the team covered that part of the system beforehand to s…

“Great Warrior” Burial Unearthed in Siberia

OMSK, RUSSIA—The grave of an eleventh-century warrior of the Ust-Ishim culture who had been killed in battle has been unearthed in southwestern Siberia. Nicknamed “Bogatyr,” or “Great Warrior,” the man’s severed left arm had been placed near his body, and a death mask made of fabric had been put on his face. Caskets made of birch bark covered his eyes and mouth. Inside the caskets were metal fish figurines with their heads broken off. “It is interesting that the fish figures were cast as one, and then broken in two," archaeologist Mikhail Korusenko of the Omsk branch of the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences told The Siberian Times. "It was an intentional action, definitely. Perhaps, it had some religious importance. Then, next to his nose was the fang of a big predator, a bear, this beast being traditionally associated with streng…

DNA study uncovers ancient ancestor of Europeans

A groundbreaking study of fossil genomes reveals that modern Europeans were shaped in a melting pot of immigrants. This skull belonged to a woman who lived in Stuttgart some 7,000 years ago. Scientists have used samples of her DNA to uncover new truths about European history. (Photo: Fredrik Hallgren) Using molecules of genetic material from ancient archaeological human remains, an international team of scientists has drawn the clearest picture of the Europeans' origins ever.
The study shows that present-day Europeans are descendants of at least three different groups and that they have a far more complex prehistory than the traditional tale of our descending from Homo sapiens, who came, saw, and conquered some 40,000 years ago.
“We are all the outcome of immigration,” says one of the study's leading researchers, the geneticist Johannes Krause from the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen in …

Rising temperatures could destroy Greenland's archaeological treasures

Climate changes on Greenland are currently threatening areas of archaeological importance that have not yet been excavated. Therefore, The National Museums of Denmark and Greenland have started several projects where decomposing wooden artifacts and bones will help identify the areas, which are most seriously threatened — and save them There is an increasing risk that wooden and bone implements from the first people on Greenland will be consumed by the sea, destroyed by fungi or pierced by willow scrub roots in the future. This is partly happening, because the average temperature has risen by two to three degrees.
To secure the many archaeological finds, which have not yet been excavated, the National Museums of Denmark and Greenland have started a new project that, among other things, will result in an interactive map showing which places are most threatened by future climate change.
"To safeguard the more than 6,000 archaeological sites on Greenland, it is import…

Viking raid may have saved British artefact

A gold object was stolen by Vikings and later buried with its new owner in Norway. That twist of fate probably saved a part of one of the oldest known British croziers. By: Maria Gilje Torheim
If Norwegian Vikings had not stolen this part of a British crozier, it would have almost certainly been lost. (Photo: Åge Hojem/NTNU University Museum) Griffin Murray, an Irish archaeologist, visited the University Museum of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway, last year. He then took a closer look at the museum’s grave finds.
His visit resulted in new information about the find that is now known to be part of a crozier from northern England –  what it looked like and how the Vikings might have plundered it.
“This bit has been part of the decoration in the middle of a staff, or a crozier, from the late 700s, or the beginning of the 800s," says Murray
"It has probably come f…


This Russian website shows stunning photos of what appears to be Stonehenge being built. The author provides a detailed information about how the British government/military built this new age cult site and speculates the fact that it may have actually built from scratch or at least remodeled. The author also contends it may be a replica of the original. The pictures are stunning nonetheless.


The Anglo-Saxon Sword Discovered by a Former Soldier

The Anglo-Saxon Sword Discovered by a Former Soldier A sword dating back to Anglo-Saxon times has been x-rayed by the Army at their field hospital in Aldershot. The sword was discovered by a former soldier during an archaeological dig on Salisbury Plain in July. Hannah Gurney has more.

The Viking Age Compendium

The Viking Age Compendium contains our ongoing research into the material culture of Viking Age Britain. The Compendium details the kinds of items and clothing worn by people both living in or possibly visiting Britain between 800 and 1100AD. Currently our concentration is on Wargear, Clothing and Jewellery. Going forwards we hope to also add articles on Viking Age crafts as well as everyday items found in the home.

The articles found here are largely works in progress and so we have rated them out of 5, with 1 star being a planned article for the future and 5 stars being an article completed to the best of our current knowledge. If you are aware of any information that we have missed, or any errors we have made, please feel free to contact us at

The Compendium is divided into two main areas. The first is our collection of articles, some of these are more finished than others. The articles present inf…

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Amazon Warriors' Names Revealed Amid "Gibberish" on Ancient Greek Vases

 This Greek cup, dating from around 510 B.C., depicts an Amazon warrior on a horse. Scholars suggest wording on the vase names the woman Worthy of Armor in ancient Circassian.

Ancient Greek vases have revealed the hidden names of Amazons, mythology's warrior women, in a report deciphering ancient languages unspoken for millennia.
In the forthcoming study of pottery dating from 550 B.C. to 450 B.C., study lead author Adrienne Mayor and J. Paul Getty Museum assistant curator David Saunders translated Greek inscriptions into their phonetic sounds for 12 ancient vases from Athens. The inscriptions appear next to scenes of Amazons fighting, hunting, or shooting arrows. They next submitted just the phonetic transcriptions without explanation to linguist John Colarusso of Canada's McMaster University in Hamilton, who is an expert on rare languages of the Caucasus. He translated th…

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Mystery of strange pattern in ground near Coventry

Spiral shape spotted on satellite maps is just half a mile from site of 2011 crop circle

Mystery surrounds a strange pattern carved into the ground near Coventry.
The spiral shape was spotted on satellite maps by a historian researching the fabled Knights Templar, who founded the tiny hamlet of Temple Balsall, near Balsall Common, 1,000 years ago.
Intriguingly the pattern, which is about 30m in length, is just half a mile from the site of an intricate crop circle which appeared in 2011.

A Google Map image of the mysterious pattern in Temple Balsall

The researcher, Chris McCauley, said: "I was looking at Temple Balsall trying to locate the hall of the Knights Templar.
"I was looking at the map and noticed something quite distinctive in the landscape; it appears to be some kind of spiral."
He said he searched the internet for more information, but could only find a story …