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Artefacts and 12th century building remains have been found in a village excavation.

The latest finding, at a site in Croxton Kerrial, near Melton, is a tithe barn – a barn where crops were kept – and the artefacts include pottery and a metal belt strap-end carved as a dragon.

Work started in 2012 and it is expected to be a three-year project.

Members of an archaeology group, Framland Local Archaeology Group (Flag), made the discoveries as part of an excavation of the house in Croxton Kerrial, which was last recorded in the 16th century and had disappeared from maps by the 1790s. Read more.

An archaeological dig at a Colonial military site in the southern Adirondacks of New York has turned up thousands of artifacts, from butchered animal bones to uniform buttons, along with a lime kiln used to make mortar for a British fort that was never completed.

The six-week project that ended Friday at the Lake George Battlefield Park also uncovered a section of a stone foundation and brick floor of a small building likely constructed alongside a barracks in 1759, during the French and Indian War.

"That’s the sort of clear-cut structure archaeologists love to see," said David Starbuck, leader of the State University of New York at Adirondack’s annual archaeology field school. Read more.


A stunning collection of Egyptian artefacts dating back 5,000 years is about to be revealed to the public after being hidden away in storage for 40 years.

Smell the perfume of the Pharaohs, get up close and personal with a mummy, admire beautiful beadwork and see a sarcophagus lid that is 3,000-years-old as the Egyptians are brought back to life at The Atkinson in Southport with a new permanent gallery set to open this October.

Sefton’s Egyptian collection is so well preserved and original in content that it is thrilling Egyptology academics from The University of Liverpool, Egyptology societies and further afield.

The collection belonged to female adventurer Anne Goodison who collected it in the late 1800s. It comprises 1,000 pieces, collected on trips to Egypt before the tomb of Tutankhamen was even discovered. Read more.

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has returned 10 illegally traded historical artifacts from Lydia, an Iron Age empire in western Turkey, to the Turkish mission in Washington.

Returning the items, which were estimated to have originated in the western province of Manisa and date back to the first and third centuries A.D., to the Turkish Embassy came during a joint presentation between officials from the FBI and Turkish mission in Washington on Aug. 5.

The artifacts included grave stones and sacrifice stelas, which are stone or wooden slabs on which Lydians would inscribe the sacrifices of animals or possessions that deceased people had made during their lives, used in funeral or commemorative services. Read more.

Colombia has recovered 39 pre-Columbian pieces that were found in Belgium, the Andean nation’s foreign ministry said.

The items were delivered to the Colombian Institute of Anthropology and History, which certified their authenticity and their status as elements of Colombia’s cultural heritage.

A Belgian citizen, Jacques Deuller, turned over the pieces to the Colombian Embassy in Brussels, which arranged for their transport to Bogota, the foreign ministry said in a statement.

In June, Colombia received 691 Colombian antiquities from the Spanish government.

Those pieces were recovered as a result of joint Spanish-Colombian operations targeting the illegal traffic in cultural treasures. (source)

A massive research project, 15 years in the making, has revealed that beneath Dublin’s modern streets lies a trove of buried Viking warriors and artifacts.

Archaeologists say the number of Viking warrior burials in Dublin is astounding. A project cataloguing these burials was began in 1999. Now nearing its conclusion, the project will result in the publication of an 800-page tome titled ‘Viking Graves and Grave Goods in Ireland.’

“As a result of our new research, Kilmainham-Islandbridge is now demonstrably the largest burial complex of its type in western Europe, Scandinavia excluded,” says Stephen Harrison, who co-wrote the catalogue with Raghnall Ó Floinn, the director of the National Museum of Ireland. Read more.

30 pieces will be examined by specialists to determine their authenticity, age, and origin.

A month after confiscating a number of archaeological and historical artifacts in northern Peru, authorities have begun the process of evaluating the objects to determine their authenticity, among other things.

The pieces were confiscated from 50-year-old Justiniano Diaz Delgado, a resident of Saltur in Lambayeque. Andina news agency reports that Diaz had amassed a collection of more than 30 pieces, including ceramic objects, skulls, and spear tips. Read more.

Excavations at an archaeological site at Kathu in the Northern Cape province of South Africa have produced tens of thousands of Earlier Stone Age artifacts, including hand axes and other tools. These discoveries were made by archaeologists from the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa and the University of Toronto (U of T), in collaboration with the McGregor Museum in Kimberley, South Africa.

The archaeologists’ research on the Kathu Townlands site, one of the richest early prehistoric archaeological sites in South Africa, was published in the journal, PLOS ONE, on 24 July 2014.

It is estimated that the site is between 700,000 and one million years old. Read more.