ARCHAEOLOGISTS have unearthed ancient human remains and evidence of a medieval church on the site of a new extra care scheme.
The discovery in Leyburn, North Yorkshire, has been described as an “intriguing conundrum” by experts.
Tests and further digging is now underway to learn more about the finds in a field being developed by Broadacres housing association.
Nick Pearson, director of York-based On-Site Archaeology, which was brought in by Broadacres to monitor the building work, stressed that it was early days and so far little was known about the discovery.
However, he added: “It’s an intriguing conundrum and puzzle for us made all the more interesting because very little archaeology has emerged so far in Leyburn. Read more.
One of the “Seven Churches of Asia” mentioned in the Bible, the Laodicean Church in the ancient city of Laodicea will be opened to tourism at the end of this year.
The head of the excavations at the ancient site in the western Turkish province of Denizli, Professor Celal Şimşek, said this year’s excavations continued in the northern part of the holy agora, a special area of the temples.
Şimşek said works had been conducted in a structure called the “C structure.” “We have completely opened the peristillium (courtyard) of the structure. There is both a settlement and a graveyard from the early Bronze Age in the western side. This area dates back 5,000 years and we excavated there. This year we also restore the Septimius Severus fountain.” Read more.
A Turkish archaeologist team headed by Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University Professor Haluk Çetinkaya has found traces of a Roman church from the fourth century B.C. close to the Kosovar capital Pristina.
Çetinkaya said they first found the baptistery and then reached other parts of the church at the ancient site of Ulpiana, adding that the house of worship collapsed in an earthquake at the end of the fourth century before being restored one century later. The church is estimated to be nearly 19 meters long and will be completely unearthed next year.
“The church’s material, coins and the skeletons that were found in there are important in dating the church,” he said. “People were buried right next to the baptistery. Read more.
A found bath under the Byzantine-era church Balatlar in the northern province of Sinop is gradually being revealed with excavations. The head of excavations, Mimar Sinan University Professor Gülgün Köroğlu said they had reached the bath and were continuing to unearth it.
The Sinop Balatlar Church archaeological work has been continuing since 2010 on architectural remains. Köroğlu said they were working with a 40-person team and plan to extend the excavation area through expropriation.
“We are mostly working on an area called ‘palesta,’ which is the big hall. Because there was a monastery on top of the structure, we are unearthing a cemetery field. Read more.
Remnants of the late medieval church have been discovered in the range Piszczewo near Suraż by a team of archaeologists from the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology PAS in Warsaw.
"During this year’s work we were able to discover yet another unknown card in the history of one of the oldest towns in Podlasie. On a small hill on the river Narew, we syrveyed the remains of a sixteenth-century church" - reported Dariusz Krasnodębski of the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology PAS.
Archaeologists conducted excavations at the site based on inconclusive information derived from written sources and oral reports from the 1930s. Read more.
Remains of a medieval church believed to have been destroyed during the Reformation have been uncovered in parkland in Nottinghamshire.
Archaeologists found the church, which dates back to 1160, at Rufford Country Park, near Ollerton.
Experts said the find will help them understand how the nearby Abbey’s buildings developed over the years.
Rufford Abbey was badly damaged after Henry VIII was refused a divorce by the Catholic church.
Emily Gillott, Nottinghamshire County Council’s community archaeologist, said: “Uncovering the remains of the original church is momentous. Read more.
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – Archaeologists are excited about rock at the Mission of Nombre de Dios is St. Augustine.
They’re working on a dig to know more about what is believed to be the first stone church in St. Augustine and possibly in Florida.
Just feet away from the Great Cross in St. Augustine, stone foundations of walls are visible on the dig site.
The church was built in 1677 by the Spanish. No one really knows what it looked like.
Linda Chandler, a University of Florida Archaeology Tech, explained all the excitement boils down to construction materials. Read more.
A large toilet block and previously unknown inscriptions and graffiti have been recorded at a Nubian church in northern Sudan.
Set in the desert some 15 kilometres from the North Sudanese town of Merowe – in a region known for the Pyramids of the Nubian Pharaohs and more recently for the controversial Merowe Dam Project – lies the the Christian monastery at El Ghazali oasis. First discovered in 1821, it was excavated by Peter Shinnie and H.N. Chittick of the Sudanese Antiquities Service in 1953 and 1954.
The monastery’s church is large by the standards of medieval Nubia, measuring 28.1 m long and 13.9 m wide and composed of mud brick resting on lower courses of dressed sandstone blocks. The layout was typically medieval Nubian, built in basilican style with a nave and two side aisles, the interior was plastered, and covered in graffiti. Read more.