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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.

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.