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Archaeologists have discovered Germany’s second oldest church hidden within a cathedral in the west of the country.

In the so-called “Old Cathedral” in Mainz, which is today the evangelical Church of St John, archaeologists found the remains of another church built 1,200 years ago in the time of Charlemagne, Deacon Andreas Klodt said on Tuesday.

Only Trier on the Mosel River has an older church, with its cathedral dating back to Roman times, making the find the second oldest church in the country.

Professor Matthias Untermann from the Institute of Art History in Heidelberg said the remains of the Carolingian walls stretched from the basement to the roof.

“This is a big surprise,” he said. Read more.

Archaeologists have hailed the finding of a medieval wall at an Anglesey church as “very exciting.”

The discovery was made by archaeologist Matt Jones during work to install a new electricity cable at St Ffinan’s Church, near Talwrn, Anglesey.

The present church was built in 1841, but the excavation uncovered the foundations of a demolished medieval church underneath it.

The trench work was being carried out for the Diocese of Bangor.

The seven metre section is of a substantial 1-metre wide stone wall which had survived to a height of three courses. Read more.

A church has been discovered underneath of Lake İznik in Bursa, a province known as one of the most significant places in Turkey for Christians.The church is assumed to be St. Peter’s Church, which appears in many different sources of Christian history, although no evidence to support that has yet been found.

Mustafa Şahin, chair of Uludağ University’s department of archeology, said detailed research is being undertaken by Turkish experts on Byzantine history. “We will share the findings with the public as soon as we get detailed information,” Şahin told Today’s Zaman.

The church has been named one of the most important sources for research in the area. Read more.

Israeli archaeologists say they have uncovered the remnants of a 1,500-year-old church dating back to the Byzantine era.

The Israel Antiquities Authority says the site was found during typical excavation work that took place before a planned construction of a new neighborhood in southern Israel. Among the finds were a colorful mosaic and five inscriptions that attest to a once-vibrant Christian community in the region.

A pottery workshop was also found that yielded cooking pots, bowls and lamps.

Daniel Varga, who directed the excavations on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority, said Wednesday that he found an inscription in Greek containing the names Mary and Jesus.
Following the find, authorities have decided to preserve the site for future generations. (source)

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.