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Documenting Medieval graffiti in England’s churches

Published on July 29th, 2014 | by Sevaan Franks

A new project is underway in England to record medieval graffiti in England’s churches. Whereas in the modern era graffiti is often considered destructive and a plain nuisance, in medieval times it was an “acceptable thing ... Read More


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Medieval linen found at Northampton dig

Published on July 29th, 2014 | by Sevaan Franks

Rare scraps of medieval linen have been found at a dig in Northampton, England. A “very nice piece of serpentine marble” was excavated and it is “not beyond the realms of possibility” that it could have ... Read More


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Human footprints found in cave may be Europe’s oldest

Published on July 28th, 2014 | by Sevaan Franks

New dating carried out on human footprints found in a Romanian cave have revealed the prints were made 36,500 years ago, making them Europe’s oldest. About 400 footprints were first discovered in the cave in 1965. ... Read More


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8,000-year-old brain matter found in child’s skull

Published on July 28th, 2014 | by Sevaan Franks

Archaeologists working in Norway have found a child’s skull which may contain brain matter that dates back 8,000 years. The team thinks the skull is too small for an adult and is instead probably from an ... Read More


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Rare coin found at Bethsaida dig

Published on July 25th, 2014 | by Sevaan Franks

An extremely rare coin, minted during the reign of Roman emperor Domitian, has been found at Bethsaida in Israel. Christie Cobb, a doctoral student at Drew University in New Jersey, discovered the coin. There are only ... Read More


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Neolithic earthworks found in Austria

Published on July 24th, 2014 | by Sevaan Franks

Aerial photos taken in Austria have led to the discovery of circular trenches that date back to the Neolithic Period. It appears that circa 5,000 BC there was a large circular area in a field on ... Read More


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World’s oldest potholes found in Devon, England

Published on July 24th, 2014 | by Sevaan Franks

Archaeologists excavating a Roman settlement in Devon, England, have uncovered a Roman road complete with repairs to its surface. Wheel ruts found in the newly excavated road surface are thought to be like those at Pompeii ... Read More


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Bottle of spring water found in Baltic sea shipwreck

Published on July 23rd, 2014 | by Sevaan Franks

A stoneware bottle containing spring water has been found in a 19th century shipwreck in the Baltic Sea. Still corked, the perfectly preserved stoneware bottle was produced between 1806 and 1830 by Selters, one of the ... Read More


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