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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…

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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…