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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.

There is a rare chance to view Winchelsea’s most significant medieval cellar at the weekend.

The National Trust will be opening the cellar under the ruins of what is called ‘Blackfriars Barn’ on Saturday September 13.

The cellar has what is claimed to be one of the rarest examples of medieval graffiti in the country.

It is opening as part of the national Heritage Open Day scheme.

Winchelsea Archaeological Society will be conducting tours of both the ruins and the cellar at 11am and 2pm.

The cellar is reckoned the finest of Winchelsea 51 vaulted medieval cellars. Read more.


YORK.- A prominent Japanese academic has donated fragments of Latin medieval manuscripts and seven fragments of early printed books to the University of York.

Each fragment consists of one or two leaves (pages) from a medieval manuscript or early printed book, of dates ranging from the 10th to the 16th centuries. Many include coloured or gold-leaf decorated initials.

Professor Toshiyuki Takamiya, of Keio University in Tokyo, presented the box of fragments to Linne Mooney, Director of the Centre for Medieval Studies and Professor of Medieval English Palaeography in the Department of English and Related Literature at York. Read more.

While conducting an excavation near Brest in northwestern France, before the construction of a road, a number of finds were uncovered including a rare early 14th century hoard that speaks of the turbulent times of the Hundred Years Wars.

The archaeologists from INRAP (the French archaeological agency), located a craft area with work spaces and a series of buildings of the 12th-14th centuries that covered 7000 square metres. It was one of these buildings that delivered the unexpected monetary deposit of nearly 130 French and English coins from the early fourteenth century.

Archaeologists unearthed the remains of masonry along the route corresponding to three buildings dated to between the twelfth and fourteenth centuries. Read more.