Archaeologists excavating a medieval church in a dales village have found further evidence that the site was an Anglo Saxon settlement.
A carved section from an eighth century stone cross was unearthed during a dig at St Botolph’s field in Frosterley in Weardale this week.
The discovery was met with great excitement from the archaeologists and volunteers who were digging on the site as part of the Altogether Archaeology project.
Paul Frodsham, historic environment officer at the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership, which is leading the project, said: “This is not the kind of thing that happens every day. Read more.
The discovery was made during the first stage of works intended to transform the square as part of Reinvigorate York, which aims to rejuvenate the city’s centre.
The remains have revealed the foundations of a Victorian and possibly medieval church. On-Site Archaeology has been appointed by the City of York Council to carry out an archaeological “watching brief”, required by the Diocese of York throughout the project to assess the significance of any archaeology discovered.
“Over the next couple of weeks the archaeologists will clean and record the remains of the church and remove any burials that might be affected by the resurfacing works,”says John Oxley, the council’s archaeologist. Read more.
Polish archaeologists in al-Ghazali in Northern Sudan discovered a unique church in Byzantine monastic architecture, a large number of fragments of funerary stelae and inscribed vessels. They also verified the current knowledge of this medieval pilgrimage centre.
The researchers prepared an extensive documentation in the form of geophysical prospecting, several thousand photographic kite photographs, which allowed to prepare an orthophotomap, which is a set of photographs taken from the air and adjusted to the scale and geographic coordinates. The scope of the project included the monastery, village and the adjacent cemetery. Read more.
Archaeologists have discovered a 1,000-year-old church during construction work at Lincoln Castle.
Eight skeletons have also been found in the building – which was never known about until now – by workers on the £19.9m Lincoln Castle Revealed project.
Experts believe the church pre-dates both the castle and the Norman conquest – and is one of the most important archaeological finds in Britain.
Cecily Spall, an archaeologist on the site, said the amazing find was hugely significant for Lincoln.
“The information we can get from this undocumented church is gold dust,” she said.
“Historical documents only tell part of the story for this area so this find is very special.” Read more.
(ANSA) - Milan, May 7 - A small church on the outskirts of Milan containing archaeological finds from early Christendom has been declared a heritage site.
Excavations of the Church of Saints James and Philip, which began in March, led to discoveries that are especially important to the history of the Lombardy region and its earliest inhabitants.
Findings related to the community, once known as Nocetum, include tombs of an infant and an adult, and coins dating from the time of Roman emperor Magnentius, usurper of the empire from 350 to 353.
The church was undergoing restoration due to damage caused by humidity, and was declared to be of historical interest by the Superintendence for Cultural Heritage for Lombardy. (source)
Bulgarian archaeologists have found a church dating back to the late Antiquity period, which is located near the village of Sarafovo, on the Black Sea coast.
The site, which is close to the Bulgarian Black Sea city of Burgas, has been excavated by the team of Prof. Dr. Lyudmil Vagalinski, who is the Director of the National Archaeology Institute and Museum at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, since the start of May 2012.
"We can safely say that we have found a small church. Initial evidence allows us to date it back to the 4th-6th century AD," Prof. Vagalinski explained as cited by Darik Radio.
The excavations at Sarafovo (a village also known for hosting a military airfield) began after over the winter the sea waves uncovered parts of a Roman structures – a residential building with a sewage system, whose existence has been suspected by Bulgarian archaeologists since the 1970s. Read more.
When the great west doors of York Minster swing open on Thursday and the Queen makes her way along the nave of the packed church for the ancient service of distributing Maundy Money, she will also be walking towards a small pit from which human bones have been pouring by the barrow load, the remains of some of the earliest Christians to worship on the site.
Tantalising finds include 30 skulls and a jumble of bones used to backfill a trench by the medieval builders of the present cathedral, and a man whose stone-lined and lidded grave was chopped off by Walter de Gray’s 13th-century walls, leaving only his shins and feet in place.
Potentially the most significant finds are two nondescript round holes, with groundwater bubbling up through the mud. They are post holes that could date from the time of the earliest Christian church on the site, after the Roman empire disintegrated in the 5th century and before raiding Vikings arrived in the 8th century and the Normans in the 11th century. Read more.
PROVO — As The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints finalizes plans to build a temple within the walls of the fire-ravaged Provo Tabernacle, history from an even earlier building at the site is being studied.
Little by little, archaeologists and students from BYU are working in cooperation with the Church History and Temple departments of the LDS Church to unearth Provo’s first Tabernacle — a building known as “the old meetinghouse.”
Through their efforts, the students have discovered some of Provo’s early history and find some of it surprising.
"(It’s) some of the best-cut stone you will see, put together in a solid foundation that held up this building," said Richard Talbot, director of BYU’s Office of Public Archaeology.
Not only are they learning about the old Tabernacle, which was torn down in 1919, they are also finding artifacts from life in Provo during the late 1800s. Read more.