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Thrilled archaeologists have made an exciting discovery about Gloucestershire’s Roman past.

The two-week project at Chedworth Roman Villa has unearthed a mosaic which has taken all-involved by surprise.

In charge of the excavation, National Trust archaeologist, Dr Martin Papworth said: “This is a brand new, unknown mosaic.

“The excavation site, which we are working on, had been excavated by the late Sir Ian Richmond in the 1960s, and he had not recorded any mosaic floors during his work here. Read more.

Archaeologists have discovered an ancient settlement on the bank of the Ishim River in Akmola oblast, Tengrinews reports citing the Oblast Department of Culture.

The settlement of Kursk is located on the right bank and covers the area of 45 thousand square meters. It dates back to the Middle Ages.

The archeological expedition was held by the Center for Preservation and Use of Historical and Cultural Heritage under the aegis of the Akmola Oblast Department of Culture. They were making archaeological exploration works in the north-eastern and south-eastern parts of Yesil District in Akmola Oblast when they found the ancient settlement and a total of 45 items of archaeological significance. All the items were taken to the archeological museum of Akmola Oblast for further study. Read more.

Engineers working on a new tram line in Manchester have discovered the human remains of more than 100 people.

Archaeologists believe the bones are linked to nearby Cross Street Chapel and may have been buried about 200 years ago.

They were found in Cross Street by Metrolink engineers working on the £165m Second City Crossing.

A project has begun to excavate and reinter the remains, which could date back to the late 18th Century.

Cross Street Chapel has been the meeting place of Unitarians in central Manchester since the 1660s.

Peter Cushing, a director at Transport for Greater Manchester, said: “We fully recognise the duty of care involved. Read more.

Valuable buckles with the images of imperial symbols have been found by archaeologists working at the site of medieval Pliska in north-eastern Bulgaria.

Pliska, which boasts a large archaeological reserve and is the subject of ongoing digs, is best known as having been the capital of the First Bulgarian Kingdom from 681 to 893CE.

According to a report on August 22, 2014 by public broadcaster Bulgarian National Television, the finds date back about 1100 years.

They were found in part of the palace complex of the first Bulgarian capital.

The find of the buckles with the imperial symbols is extremely rare for Pliska in spite of the former capital’s lively contacts with the Byzantine empire. Read more.

Dog paw prints on the medieval castle room floor and a cannon ball are the most interesting discoveries of Polish team of archaeologists inside a thirteenth-century castle Hammershus on the island of Bornholm.

The third season of excavations carried out by researchers from the Institute of Archaeology, University of Warsaw ended in late July. Hammershus Castle is one of the Bornholm’s most recognizable historic buildings and one of the largest of its kind in Scandinavia. It is the third most important monument of this category in Denmark.

This season, the archaeologists have focused on work related to the reconstruction of the castle walls. They have also carried out surveys, limited range excavations, along the southern outer walls and in rooms located in the central part of the castle. Read more.

SANTA CRUZ ISLAND, CALIF. – Archaeologist Torben Rick watched with frustration as pounding surf clawed at one of North America’s oldest homesteads, a massive heap of village foundations, cutting tools, beads and kitchen discards left behind over the last 13,000 years.

Here, seafaring tribal members cast fishing nets from canoes made of redwood planks, prepared dinners on stone griddles, and painstakingly chipped out tiny shell beads prized as currency.

But unless something is done, this rich trove of Native American history and several others on the island will almost certainly be destroyed by rising seas and strong storm surges along beaches that will soon no longer exist. Read more.

The story of the rich archaeological heritage of Bulgaria is not only one of what has been found but also of what has been lost.

A case in point is the area around central Sofia’s Largo and Serdica underground railway station area, recently in the headlines after an urgent appeal by Sofia mayor Yordanka Fandukova to the national Culture Ministry to take action to preserve Roman-era archaeological finds left exposed to the elements.

Across Bulgaria, the dangers to the country’s archaeological legacy – Thracian, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman – have proved to range from outright theft by treasure-hunters to construction projects that have reduced finds to rubble. Read more.

Harry Roecker was the first to dive in the water when the RJ Walker Expedition, a collaboration of private and government divers, began their mission to complete the first archaeological survey of the long-lost government ship Robert J. Walker.

A moment earlier Paul Hepler captain of the Belmar-based crew boat Venture III had positioned them over the wreck, 10 miles off the coast of Atlantic City in 85 feet of water.

Roecker, his face pinched by a wetsuit hood, was tasked to tether the down-line from the 46-foot aluminum crew boat to the highest point of the wreck. For the next six hours divers shimmied up and down the rope like a conga line on the Expedition’s first day last Thursday. Read more.