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Two medieval rubbish pits were unearthed during archaeological excavations undertaken by Wexford-based consultants Stafford McLoughlin Archaeology in advance of the re-development of a site at South Main Street.

The pits were found beneath the remains of buildings at 52a-54a South Main Street, which were demolished to make way for the new Dealz development.

'The old buildings on the site were demolished and the site was archaeologically tested. In doing so a series of large pits were uncovered. Subsequent excavation revealed these features to be large medieval rubbish pits, filled by a variety of deposits and containing archaeological artefacts,' said Catherine McGloughlin. Read more.


This FREE 40 page pdf offers a basic and easy to use identification guide for the main types of English medieval coins dating from 1066 – 1544. This guide forms part of the BAJR (British Archaeological Jobs Resource) series. 

The guide is divided into two parts; the first part is an introduction to medieval coins detailing the basic layout and how to read the legends and also the different denominations. The second part is a simple classification guide covering the English medieval coinage from the Norman Conquest in 1066 to Henry VIII’s debasement of the coinage in 1544. (source)

Download pdf here.

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.

Human remains, a section of a wall and a “large assemblage” of medieval material have been found at the headquarters of a 13th century Dominican friary destroyed in Stirling during the Reformation in 1559.

Archaeologists say it is unclear if the skeletal parts of the individual, discovered opposite Stirling Railway Station, date from the foundation of the nearby medieval friary, in 1233, or several centuries later.

"This is an exciting and totally fascinating find,” said Murray Cook, the Archaeologist for Stirling Council.

“For Stirling, this is the first time that a medieval site has been subject to modern excavation on this scale. Read more.

Parts of Pontefract’s medieval history have been unearthed during building work at a new housing estate in the town.

Developer Rippon Homes is currently building 61 new properties on the site of the former Simpson’s Malt factory off Ferrybridge Road.

As part of the work, trenches were first dug at the site ten years ago to see if there were any historical features on the site.

Pottery dating back to the 11th century has been found and West Yorkshire Archaeological Services (WYAS) discovered Roman pottery during work it carried out in 2008.

Ian Roberts, WYAS lead archaeologist, said: “The findings in the eastern part of the site have had a major impact on our understanding of medieval Pontefract and will potentially have implications for the dating of many previously-excavated sites across Yorkshire. Read more.

Work to reconstruct one of the medieval courts of the Princes of Gwynedd has begun at St Fagans National History Museum, near Cardiff.

Rebuilding the great hall from Llys Rhosyr on Anglesey will be one of the most challenging archaeological projects attempted in Wales, said the museum.

Part of its original stone structure recovered from Angelsey will be used.

Once complete, schools and groups will be able to stay overnight.

The project will see the building’s nine-metre high (29.5 ft) stone walls and thatched roof rebuilt and is part the wider renovation of St Fagans. Read more.

A MEDIEVAL village in Worcestershire will be revealed in all its glory after a heritage group received a lottery grant to delve deeper into its many mysteries.

Abberley Hills Preservation Society has been awarded £50,000 of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund towards a year-long project in the picturesque village which is north west of Worcester.

The support from the Heritage Lottery Fund will enable the society to undertake a project to understand the medieval layout of the village, to try and date the older buildings and perhaps discover some long lost features described in old documents and books about Worcestershire. Read more.

Archaeologists working at the site of Pliska, once the capital of the First Bulgarian Kingdom, have uncovered a luxurious royal baths that they believe date back to the ninth century CE.

The baths are probably the oldest medieval baths found in the country, reports on September 8 said.

The design of the baths was heavily influence by Mediterranean culture. The bathroom was an architectural jewel of stone over an area of 80 square metres.

Under a large dome-covered stone building, there were three separate but luxurious rooms. Read more.