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Gold torc found among coin hoard

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 10:00

In 2012, a hoard of nearly 70,000 coins, dating to the first century BCE, was discovered by metal detectorists on the Island of Jersey. Recently, while separating the coins, experts were surprised to find an intact gold torc. (photos)

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"XII scripta" game pieces found in Turkey

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 08:49

Ludus duodecim scriptorium or XII scripta was a popular Roman game played with dice on a 12-square gameboard. Recently, two game pieces, believed to have been used for XII scripta were discovered during a dig in Kibyra, in the southern Turkish province of Burdur’s Gölhisar district.. (photo)

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Ming dining

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 12:25

A recent exhibition at the British Museum on the 14th century Ming Dynasty was accompanied by an exhibit book, Ming: 50 years that changed China. One chapter, by curator Jessica Harrison-Hall, Courts: palaces, people and objects, showcased dining in the royal circles.

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Caha Mountain souterrain found by construction workers

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 15:37

Construction worker on a project to widen a road in County Cork, Ireland, were surprised to discover a secret hiding place, known as a souterrain, burrowed beneath the Caha Mountains. Experts believe the passage and hideout date to around 1,000 years ago.

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Elaborate clothing found in Ming Dynasty tomb

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 16:14

Ornately-decorated, well-preserved clothing was among the treasures found in a husband and wife tomb dating to the 16th century, in Taizhou City, China. The tomb is believed to belong to the Wang family of the Ming Dynasty. (photo)

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"Re-creationists" meet amid the eucalypts and scrub near Mittagong

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 12:14

Easter weekend saw the annual pilgrimage to Mittagong, Australia for the Kingdom of Lochac's Rowany Festival, Australia's largest gathering of pre-17th century "recreationists." Peter Munro of the Sydney Morning Herald previewed the 2015 event with a look at life in the medieval village. (photos)

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"Hatch" determined to be male

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 08:40

In 1981, the skeleton of a dog was discovered among human remains on the Tudor flagship Mary Rose. Since then, the dog, nicknamed "Hatch," was identified as a female, but new research shows that the remains are that of a "young male dog, most closely related to modern Jack Russell terriers, with a brown coat."

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Aska barrow identified as possible Viking feasting hall

Mon, 06/15/2015 - 14:01

What was long identified as a burial mound near Vadstena, Sweden has been determined to be a huge building, probably a feasting hall, measuring almost 50 metres in length.

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The Bristowe Hat

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 11:30

Eleri Lynn, Collections Curator for England's Historic Royal Palaces, is always looking for new items for the collection. She recently was thrilled to add the Bristowe Hat, "a rare example of Tudor or very early Stuart fashion made from silk tufting, with a green feather, silver button, and evenly positioned holes for attaching jewels." (photo)

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Cambridge hospital skeletons revealed

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 00:04

From the 13th through the 15th centuries, the Hospital of St. John the Evangelist operated on what is now the grounds of St. John's College, Cambridge University. In 2010, archaeologists working there discovered the hospital's cemetery, considered one of the largest medieval hospital burial grounds in England. Photos of the discovery have now been released. (photos)

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